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Gale gets the Club's full support

— 29 September 2017

Yorkshire’s season ended in disappointment earlier this week with a defeat against County Championship winners Essex inside three days at Chelmsford.

Yorkshire finished fourth in the Division One table with four wins, five defeats and five draws.

Here, director of cricket Martyn Moxon gives his assessment of the 2017 campaign, also reflecting on a quarter-final finish in one-day cricket and a group exit in Twenty20.

“Although this year has been very disappointing in the County Championship, we know the improvements we need to make moving forwards,” he said.

“Clearly, our batting has continued to be an issue, and I reinforce Andrew Gale’s recent comments in the media that we have players who are very talented and have shown in the past their capabilities.

“However, for some reason, they have underperformed this year.

“Once Gary Ballance was picked for the England team, we didn’t have an individual who was capable of getting us out of trouble.

“The frustrating thing from my point of view is that on occasions we have shown the desire and approach required to score runs in four-day cricket.

“But those occasions have been too few, and we need to get back to ensuring that our batting unit is willing and capable of scoring the volume of runs required to win four-day matches.

“We know when they do perform to their capabilities, we win cricket matches.

“We know the capabilities of the players we’ve got on the staff. They’ve underperformed, which happens.

“However, all we’re looking for as a support staff is the right attitude towards making sure that we perform to our capabilities and give ourselves the best chance to win four-day games.

“It’s almost a case of ‘we’ve won in the past, so it will all be ok because of that’. Results don’t happen in the past. We’ve got to get back to remembering how we’ve won in the past and what’s required, the level of performance that’s required.

“As I said earlier, the difference is that this year when Gary left to play for England, we haven’t had the individuals that have got us out of trouble like they have in the past.

“You can mention names such as Bairstow in 2015, Bresnan in 2016 plus the lower order, Gary at the start of this summer.

“But we haven’t had those standout individual performances that have masked over a below par batting unit performance. Hence why we are where we are.

“For me, it’s not about ability, it’s about mindset.”

Coach Gale faced questions regarding his position following the Essex defeat and also player recruitment.

“I am giving Andrew Gale my 100 percent backing,” Moxon continued. “Andrew’s appointment was a long-term measure.

“When you call for change, the change that needs to happen is the mindset of our players. Having that desire to put in the work required to be successful in County Championship Division One.

“That’s the big change that needs to happen.”

Is that a big job for Gale, Moxon and the rest of the coaching staff this winter?

“Not necessarily because a shift in mindset could be quite easy to change,” said Moxon.

“At the end of the day, only the player himself can go out and perform, and I and the rest of the support staff will be looking for everyone to learn from this season and ensure we work hard this winter to get back to playing the ruthless cricket that we saw a couple of years ago.

“We’re having lots of conversations, and we will continue to do so. It’s not something that’s not been talked about. It’s something that’s been talked about for three years now.

“It’s separate to one-day cricket, as Galey has alluded to. Our one-day cricket, we can class differently. We have played some exciting cricket and feel we have taken a step forwards there.”