Steve Patterson wants Yorkshire to get back to the ruthless way they approached their cricket in 2014 and 2015 as they look to regain the Specsavers County Championship title.
Metronomic seamer Patterson feels a touch of complacency may have crept into their play last year as Middlesex pipped them to the crown following a dramatic end to the campaign at Lord’s.
But now, he has sensed a “renewed level of focus” within the White Rose squad as they also look to better two limited overs semi-final finishes.
“In one-day cricket, we made some positive strides. We found a level of consistency which will hopefully help us in the future,” he said.
“In Championship cricket, we were below par for what we’re capable of. So to be able to get to that last game and still be in with a chance, we were quite pleased in one sense.
“But, in fairness, we didn’t deserve to take it home at the end.
“It makes us more determined to get back to winning ways.
“Possibly there was an underlying expectation having won the Championship the previous two years that, with a very similar side, at some point in the year we’d come good and push on to win it.
“It just doesn’t happen like that, and you have to respect the game a bit more and perform more consistently. It was a bit of an eye-opener.
“I think there’s a renewed level of focus from the lads.
“If we want to win it again, we’ve got to go back to what we did the years before when we were committed and focused and performed week in, week out.”
Patterson has travelled to Dubai early as part of a small group of bowlers who want to ensure they are best prepared to make the most of the club’s near fortnight long pre-season tour, which officially starts on Monday.
It is a trip which sees them miss both the champion county fixture against the MCC and the Emirates Airline T20 event, something Patterson says may help the squad be fresher as the summer reaches a crescendo.