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We're in transition, not turmoil - Moxon

— 29 August 2018

Andrew Gale admits he has been hurt by Yorkshire’s form in the Specsavers County Championship, but he retains full belief in his players’ ability to turn things around.

Coach Gale has once again pointed to the challenges of scoring the runs required to win matches, however has revealed the positive signs in training ahead of today’s clash with Somerset at Emerald Headingley. Director of cricket Martyn Moxon has also spoken of the club’s pursuit of a couple of new batting recruits ahead of 2019.

Gale acknowledges a string of issues out of the club’s control which have happened that have affected the season, for example key injuries and unavailability.

But he has insisted: “We are where we are, and we can’t use that as an excuse. We have to perform.”

Yorkshire sit third bottom in Division One, six points clear of the relegation zone with five to play, including their three closest rivals Lancashire, Hampshire and Worcestershire.

They face Somerset bidding for their fourth win from 10 games whilst aiming to bounce back from last week’s innings defeat to Worcester at Scarborough.

“I’m a Yorkshire fan as well, and I’m as passionate as the bloke on the terraces,” he said.

“I think people should be able to see that. It hurts me as much as it hurts them.

    “When we perform in that fashion, I feel like we let the public down. The players are better than that."

    “When I see a crowd of 5,000 at Scarborough, I know how much it costs and for people to take time out of their holidays. My parents were there, and I know how much it cost them because my old boy reminds me.

    “When we perform in that fashion, I feel like we let the public down.

    “The players are better than that.

    “In Championship cricket we’ve been well below par, and a lot of that comes down to not scoring enough runs. That’s been a problem for a number of years, right back to 2015 really.

    “The decline has been slow, but I think over the course of this season we’ve got ourselves into a bit of a rut.

    “I think we’ve bowled pretty well in the Championship to get back into some games when we’ve been bowled out for low totals.

    “The table’s very tight. You’re one win from looking up rather than down.

    “Obviously the result at Scarborough last week wasn’t ideal. It brought Worcester right back into the pack. But we have to win some games.

    “The positive thing is that it’s in our own hands.

    “To be fair, the lads are trying. It’s not as if they’re being sloppy in training. It’s more of a case of the harder you try, the more it gets away from you.

    “We worked hard in the winter, a lot on pressure training, and we still try to create match situations.

    “For instance, going into this Somerset game, we just had an open net for three hours. When you’re out, you’re out. We lost one wicket in three hours in overcast conditions on a net wicket.

    “We’ve gone back to basics.”

  • The list of outside factors affecting Gale’s Yorkshire is as long as your arm, it cannot be denied.

    And director of cricket Moxon is convinced the former captain will turn things around – given time.

    He said: “Galey’s come into the job and straight into the fire as it were.

    “He’s doing well in the circumstances.

    “There’s been a lot of things thrown at him over the last two years. But we knew when we appointed him that it was a long-term appointment, and he will grow into the job.

    “As he gains more experience, he will get better and better.

    “We are in transition.

    “We have a couple of players come in in Josh Poysden and Mat Pillans, who are going to be available to us all season next year.

    “What we are putting together is a squad which is available and affordable within the budget we have.

    “We are looking to bring a couple more players in to give us a strong squad going into next season that will hopefully challenge for trophies.

    “We are in discussions with a couple more players from a batting perspective. We’ll see how things go over the next couple of weeks.

    “If we can do that, we’ll have a squad capable of competing in all three formats with competition for places and, by and large, availability for the whole season.”

    Gale and Moxon are aware of criticism on social media – some of it vitriolic.

    But the latter added: “Last week’s result doesn’t help – we get well beaten by Worcestershire at Scarborough. But it’s only a couple of weeks ago that we won at Old Trafford.

    “We have to take the highs with the lows.

    “I know the players and coaching staff are working extremely hard behind the scenes to get the results we need.

    “As long as that work ethic stays in place, it will come good.

    “But we have to support each other and get behind the team and help them perform as we know they’re capable of.

    “Our aim is still to get into that top three. If we have a good last five games, we can still achieve that.”

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