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Match Preview: Malan wants to win trophies

— 30 July 2020

Yorkshire’s openness to discuss the prospect of winning trophies has been music to Dawid Malan’s ears.

England batsman Malan has arrived at Emerald Headingley on a four-year deal at a time when the White Rose hierarchy believe a transitional period is coming to a close.

It is almost five years since Yorkshire last won a trophy – the 2015 County Championship title. Since then, the prospect of silverware has been played down given the loss of some senior heads.

The county’s hierarchy wanted to give their youngsters time to develop without the pressure of having to challenge year in, year out. Any success would have been a bonus.

Now, though, things are different. The younger players are more experienced and ready to shine, while Malan has joined a group of senior players who can guide the team towards glory.

And that starts this weekend with an assault on the shortened four-day Bob Willis Trophy, a competition Yorkshire begin against Durham at Emirates Riverside on Saturday.

“What I’ve really liked here so far is Andrew Gale’s openness to say, ‘We want to win trophies’,” said left-handed Malan, 32.

“You can see the excitement amongst the boys having not played for so long.

“There’s a feeling around the group of everyone being desperate to play and are excited about what’s to come.

“We want to be pushing to finish in the top two teams so we have a chance of winning the Bob Willis Trophy.

“It’s talked about how the last two or three years have been building to get to a stage where Yorkshire are in a position to be winning.

“They wanted to win, but it was more a realisation that a couple of younger boys were finding their feet.

“This year, with the players we have – Gary Ballance, Duanne Olivier, David Willey might be around for some four-dayers, Jonny (Bairstow) might be around for the second or third four-day game – you’re looking at a really strong team.

“When you have that, you want to be pushing to win trophies. That’s been fed on by the players in the changing room.

  • “You can feel the excitement for that.”

    Malan scored 12 and 64 not out in a friendly workout against Durham at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday.

    His first appearance in a Yorkshire shirt has been a long time coming due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but Saturday will have a completely different feel about it when he makes his competitive debut.

    “You don’t really get nervous in a friendly,” he said.

    “It just feels like another game because you know if you’re out you can get another chance like I did.

    “In a proper game, it obviously means far more than just walking out and getting some time in the middle. The nerves will be there properly.”

    Malan’s T20 batting talents have seen him jet across the world playing in various overseas leagues in recent years – South Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan are just three.

    That has meant little preparation time for different assignments.

    However, ahead of the shortened English summer, that has not been an issue at all.

    “For the first time in a long time, I’ve been able to have a good eight weeks of solid prep, working on strengthening my technique and the basics,” he said.

    “The Covid stuff, with the regulations, have allowed us to do more one on one stuff, which has given me a chance to get to know Galey really well.

    “I’ve played against him for years, but you never really know someone until you get into their environment. I’ve been really impressed.

    “I don’t know whether that’s the way it’s usually done or if it’s just Covid. But it’s been everything I’ve ever wanted in terms of that one-on-one work. Hopefully that continues.”

    Yorkshire Squad

    Harry Brook, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Will Fraine, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan, Duanne Olivier, Steven Patterson ©, Jack Shutt, Jonny Tattersall (wk), Jordan Thompson, Matthew Waite

    Match Statistics

    • Durham have not beaten Yorkshire in a home first-class match since 2008.

    • In the last four-day game between these two sides at Chester-le-Street in 2016 Durham scored 507 for eight declared – its highest home total against Yorkshire. The White Rose county’s highest total at the ground is 589 for eight declared made in 2014.

    • Also in 2016 at Chester-le-Street Keaton Jennings scored 221 not out and this is his county’s highest individual innings against Yorkshire, home or away. Yorkshire’s highest at Chester-le-Street is 219 not out by Jonny Bairstow in 2015.

    • In 1992 Mark Robinson had match figures of ten for 101 at Durham (University ground); this was in the county’s first season in first-class cricket and it remains Yorkshire’s record against Durham, home or away. Durham’s best is ten for 144 by Otis Gibson at Chester-le-Street in 2007.

    • In 1996 Chris Scott took ten wicket-keeping dismissals in the match at Chester-le-Street. This included seven in an innings and each of these totals represents the best for either county in this series, home or away.

    Potential Milestones

    • Will Fraine needs 10 runs to reach 500 runs in First-Class matches

    • Ben Coad needs 13 runs to reach 500 runs in First-Class matches

    • Steven Patterson needs 146 runs to reach 2500 runs in First-Class matches

    • Ben Coad needs 5 wickets to reach 150 wickets in First-Class matches