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— 10 November 2017

Yorkshire’s players return to pre-season training at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Monday morning.

With a number of the squad abroad in either international or domestic T20 action, only a small group will be present to step up preparations for the 2018 campaign.

The initial focus will be on fitness, as per usual, before cricket skills are built up as Christmas approaches.

  • One of those players not present on Monday will be TIM BRESNAN, who has received a late call-up to play in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 competition.

    Bresnan will play for Sylhet Sixers, the same team Yorkshire team-mate Liam Plunkett has been representing.

    That takes the White Rose contingent at the BPL to four – Adam Lyth is with the Rangpur Riders and Adil Rashid plays for Dhaka Dynamites.

    Rashid was also a late call-up to Bangladesh after his original choice to play in South Africa fell through due to the cancellation of their new Global League.

    This will be Bresnan’s third spell of domestic T20 cricket overseas having played two seasons of Big Bash cricket in Australia with Hobart and Perth.

    Sticking with the overseas T20 theme, and there two recent Big Bash announcements with Yorkshire connections involving David Willey and Lauren Winfield.

    While all-rounder Willey has signed a new two-year deal with Perth Scorchers – what will be his third and fourth years in the West – Winfield will play for Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL having moved from Brisbane Heat.

    Winfield, currently in Australia for the Ashes, will link up with the Hurricanes and fill the void left by England captain Heather Knight, who has been ruled out of the competition due to an ongoing foot complaint.

    Although Knight is playing in the Ashes, the ECB are keen to manage her workload.

    Winfield’s signing was endorsed by Knight.

    Hobart coach Julia Price explained: “She (Lauren) was very keen and really excited when we approached her, and she got a great endorsement from Heather, which was good enough for us.

    “Lauren will bat in the top three for us, and she’s a terrific fielder as well.

    “We’re really excited to see what she can provide for the Hurricanes in the T20 format.”

    The WBBL runs from December 9 to February 4, while the BBL runs from December 19 to February 4.

  • YORKSHIRE’S new Puma County Championship and T20 Blast shirts will be fully revealed on Monday.

    Fans will get a sneak peak today, with the T20 shirt a snazzy number incorporating navy blue and yellow and modelled by Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

    Another rising star Ben Coad models the new Championship shirt, which comes without the splash of blue on the shoulder that has been present in recent seasons.

    Last season’s sky blue T20 Blast shirt will be worn in the Vikings Royal London one-day Cup campaign.

    We are sure our big reveal, with photos and the video shot at Studio81 in Leeds, will be a winner with members and supporters.

  • JAKE LEHMANN has emerged as a left field contender to play in the Ashes, and it has got tongues wagging Down Under.

    The left-handed son of Darren is one of a host of names in the frame for Australia’s number six spot for Brisbane the week after next.

    You may have already read on this website in the last few days how Shaun Marsh has put himself at the front of the queue, but Lehmann is another option.

    That is largely down to a memorable outing in South Australia’s most recent Sheffield Shield draw against Victoria.

    Lehmann briefly represented Yorkshire in Championship cricket at the back end of 2016, scoring one century in a home defeat against Somerset.

    The 25-year-old scored 103 and 93 at the MCG, although his lack of scores before that may count against him. That is certainly the view of former Aussie opener Ed Cowan.

    In eight previous innings for the Redbacks since the start of their summer in late September, Lehmann had only scored one fifty.
    “At the moment, to have his name in the conversation I think is a bit ridiculous,” Cowan said.

    “He played well last week, but his three first-class games before that I think he got to 20 once – and it was 25.

    “He got a hundred last week and a 90, but he wasn’t the best player in the game. That was Callum Ferguson. He got 180 … It was a good wicket.

    “All of a sudden we have got this bat-off situation where if you get a hundred, you are in the Test team. It’s crazy.

    “He will play Test cricket at some stage, but now is not the time.”

  • HARRY BROOK is preparing to head to South Africa with the Young England Lions squad the week after next.

    The teenage batsman got his first taste of Championship cricket this summer, and now he is hoping to secure a place in England’s Under 19s squad for their World Cup campaign in New Zealand early next year. He would seem to be a shoo-in having captained the team this summer.

    The Young Lions, effectively an Under 19s training squad, will take part in a one-day tri-series with their South African and Namibian counterparts between November 23 and December 10.

    The Senior Lions, meanwhile, travel to Australia for their month-long training camp on Tuesday. There is no Yorkshire involvement.

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