It certainly hasn’t been as long and as arduous a winter as the last one, with no Beast from the East to contend with. But, nevertheless, it is a great feeling knowing the wait for county cricket is almost over.

Yorkshire’s opening match on home soil in 2019 will start this Sunday against the students of Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities, at Weetwood, a three-day first-class affair which precedes the Specsavers County Championship opener against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge from a week on Friday.

After successive fourth-placed finishes in Division One, can the White Rose challenge for a third title in six years.

Much has been spoken about how the squad remains in transition following some key departures, none more so than Jack Brooks to Somerset.

But, as director of cricket Martyn Moxon said at Saturday’s AGM, “The squad we have assembled now has huge potential.”

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