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An Over of News

— 11 January 2019

Yorkshire are closing in on a new batting coach.

The interview stage for the new appointment will take place imminently, with first-team coach Andrew Gale revealing there have been some very strong applicants.

“We’re going to be interviewing in the next few weeks,” he said.

“Depending on whoever we appoint, I’m hopeful by South Africa (pre-season tour to Potchefstroom through mid-March) we’ll have someone in place as long as it fits with the person’s own situation.

“We’ve had applicants from all over the world, some really big names, some guys who have worked in county cricket and others who haven’t.

“We’ve narrowed that down and will interview those shortly.”

Joe Root has finished his short-term spell in Australia’s Big Bash League.

  • The Yorkshire and England star played seven games for Sydney Thunder alongside international colleague Jos Buttler, with both men now set for a tour of the West Indies later this month.

    Unfortunately, Root’s time in the Harbour City was not a particularly fruitful one with the bat, scoring 93 runs from seven innings with a top score of 26.

    Root, who was unlucky with a few of his dismissals, leaves Sydney with them having won three and lost four.

    His spell was kind of summed up in the final game with Brisbane Heat earlier this week. He had just arrived at the crease and was yet to face a ball when rain hit and ended the match.

    But he said: “It’s been a great tournament, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s just been a shame that I’ve not managed to convert one of the starts.

    “I felt pretty good in the last four or five games. I got myself in and then not managed to kick on.”

    Root and Buttler will be replaced as overseas players by Chris Jordan and New Zealand batsman Anton Devchich for the second half of the BBL.

    Two-time Yorkshire overseas batsman Che Pujara was India’s standout performer during their historic Test series victory over Australia.

  • India won the four-match series 2-1, with Pujara scoring three hundreds in a haul of 521 runs at an average just over 74.

    Not surprisingly, Pujara was named player of the series after the final Test ended in a rain-affected draw at Sydney on Monday.

    It was the first time that India had won a Test series on Australian soil.

    Pujara is hoping to return to England for another spell of county cricket at the start of the summer when the IPL and the one-day World Cup are taking place.

    Martyn Moxon has welcomed the introduction of first-class cricket to York this summer.

    Yorkshire are taking their County Championship match against Warwickshire, starting June 17, to Clifton Park, with it being the first time the White Rose have played in the city since 1890.

    The busy schedule, including World Cup matches and an Ashes Test at Emerald Headingley, has opened the door for another out-ground venue.

    And with the Hundred due to start in 2020, with Headingley a host venue, Moxon believes out-grounds will only become more prominent in the domestic fixture list.

    Yorkshire’s director of cricket told the Yorkshire Post: “From a club point of view, it’s a good thing to have a variety of options if they’re available.

    “At the moment, York is the best pitch (outside Headingley and Scarborough) to cater for a first-team game in our opinion.

    “We’re looking forward to going there next summer, and, given decent weather, I think it will be well attended.

    “From a pitch point of view, we’ve had some really good matches there in the second XI over the last few years, and it’s a good cricket pitch with a bit of pace and carry in it plus it also turns as well.

    “It’s not as bouncy or as quick as Scarborough, but it’s a ground where seam and spin both get a chance.

    “As far as the overall facilities at York are concerned, there’s going to be some extra seats brought in, while the ECB have been very generous in the money that they’re going to give towards upgrading the scoreboard, sight-screens and things like that.

    “I think it’s great, and it should make for a really good occasion.”

    Yorkshire youngsters George Hill and Dom Leach are to travel to Bangladesh with England’s Young Lions squad this month.

    The series against Bangladesh’s under 19s consists of a T20 clash, three ODIs and two Test Matches from January 27 to February 18.

    Hill and Leach travelled to India prior to Christmas for a training camp.

    The 15-man squad will be led by former England one-day bowler Jon Lewis. Somerset’s Tom Lammonby and Surrey’s Jamie Smith will captain the Tests and limited overs games respectively.

  • Harry Brook will return to action in Sydney grade cricket tomorrow after the Christmas break hoping to help his University of New South Wales side continue their march towards the finals of Sydney’s first grade competition.

    UNSW have been somewhat of a surprise package given Brook is their only professional, with other sides below them such as Sutherland fielding Steve Smith and Shane Watson prior to Christmas and Randwick David Warner and Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond.

    Brook, along with Jordan Thompson and Matthew Waite – also playing in Sydney, will return to Yorkshire in late February to prepare for the English summer.

  • In 14 appearances in all cricket this winter, Brook has scored 595 runs from 15 innings with four fifties and a century. UNSW are second, a point behind Sydney University. Both teams have won five of eight matches so far.

    Next weekend, Brook and Thompson are set to come face to face in a two-day clash between UNSW and Mosman.

    NO BALL……. Ryan Sidebottom’s Dancing on Ice appearance has started on ITV.

    The former Yorkshire fast bowler is starring on the Sunday evening reality TV programme alongside celebrities from the entertainment world.

    Sidebottom took part in a group dance last Sunday and will showcase his first individual performance this weekend.