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Gale determined to plot way forward

— 29 September 2017

Andrew Gale will sit down with Martyn Moxon and Mark Arthur to discuss an action plan to ensure Yorkshire bounce back with gusto in 2018 from this season’s disappointments, highlighted by defeat at Essex earlier this week.

Coach Gale labelled the three-day defeat to the champions at Chelmsford as “embarrassing” having been bowled out for 111 and 74 to lose by 376 runs.

His first season in charge produced a near miss with relegation in the Specsavers County Championship, a quarter-final finish in the Royal London one-day Cup and failure to qualify out of the North Group in the NatWest T20 Blast.

It was something which has really hurt the former title-winning captain, who has highlighted their four-day batting as the biggest area for concern.

“The batting is something we’ve talked about a hell of a lot over the last few years,” he said. “We have spiralled, and I guess individual performances have paved over the cracks at times.

“But I think a big turning point was losing Gary early in the season (to England) when he was performing at his best. When he left, we spiralled out of control.

“The lads have got to be honest with themselves. It’s just not good enough. It’s as simple as that.

“Ultimately, I feel let down by the players, particularly the senior players.

“These are guys who have played international cricket with a tremendous track record behind them and have won County Championships themselves.

“They know what to do to perform at this level, but they’ve been well below par.

“There’s no words to get around that.

“I just want honesty from the players, that’s the main thing. I want to know ‘why’s this been happening?’

“I feel like we’ve put all the best plans in place for them to succeed and we’ve performed well under par, particularly in the County Championship.

“The white ball, I feel we’ve taken a step in the right direction.

“Our batting has been outstanding at times this year even though we didn’t qualify in the Twenty20. But I saw a real improvement in our game plans and the way we went about things.

“But if we’re brutally honest, we’re lucky not to have been relegated this year. Another year, if we played like that, we’d be in Division Two.

“We’ve got to think ourselves lucky we’re not and we can still compete at this level.”

Gale, who is desperate to turn things around next season, has reiterated his commitment to the Club he has enjoyed so much success with in recent years.

“People can say what they want,” he said. “I’ve always been up for a challenge. I love this club and still believe in the group of players.

“I won’t be walking away from this club.

“I’ve heard lots of stuff about how Andrew Gale’s the cheap option. Let me tell you, I’m not.

“I had ambitions to win trophies this year. It’s not worked out like that, but I’m hoping in the scheme of things this is a big lesson for myself and the players.

“It’s a massive winter for us.”

Will that winter involve personnel changes?

He added: “I’m not sure yet.

“I’ll have the weekend off and meet with Martyn (Moxon, director of cricket) and Mark (Arthur, chief executive) next week and we’ll look at which direction we want to go with the club.”