Josh Shaw is ready to take his chance in Yorkshire’s first team.
The seamer, 22, will make only his third Specsavers County Championship appearance for the White Rose when play against Essex finally gets underway at Emerald Headingley, with day two abandoned due to a wet outfield.
Shaw has benefitted from the county’s fast bowling unavailability issues, although he was by no means resigned to starting the summer in the seconds before Liam Plunkett and David Willey went to the IPL and Matt Fisher and Steve Patterson got injured.
He had spent part of the last two summers on loan with Gloucestershire, but said: “I was thinking ‘I’m going to stay here and hopefully get a chance in the first game’.
“When we had all the players available, I knew it would be a little chance, but I thought I’d done enough in my head to stake a claim.
“If I didn’t get a start, I’d go into the seconds and prove why I should be playing.”