By Graham Hardcastle

Andrew Gale says his Yorkshire squad were “complacent” last year as they narrowly avoided relegation in the Specsavers County Championship. But he is confident that will not be an issue in 2018.

Coach Gale was highly critical of White Rose four-day performances back in September, especially after a three-day hammering at the hands of champions Essex at Chelmsford to end the campaign.

It meant Yorkshire, although they finished fourth, avoided relegation by just two points.

After title wins in 2014 and 2015 and a near miss in 2016, their underperformance was a shock to the system for Gale and company.

“I thought as a group we got complacent last year,” said the former captain, at the helm for those two aforementioned title wins. “We almost expected to have success without working hard for it.

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