Steve Patterson has hailed the development of Jack Shutt over the last 12 months as the off-spinner prepares to make his first-class debut this weekend.
Assuming there are no last minute dramas, Shutt will begin Yorkshire’s Bob Willis Trophy campaign against Durham at Emirates Riverside, starting on Saturday.
The 23-year-old took 10 wickets in seven Vitality Blast matches last summer, including a stunning 5-11 in a victory against Durham at the Riverside.
“Jack’s done really well, both last summer and over the winter,” said Patterson, who will take a 13-man squad to the North East.
“It’s no secret that we’ve all been really impressed with his development.”
Shutt has benefitted from the unavailability of international spinners Keshav Maharaj and Ravi Ashwin, who had been signed to fulfil the county’s overseas spot in the regular County Championship. But Coronavirus means they are no longer coming to Emerald Headingley this summer.
It is further proof that chances to kick-start a career can often come in unexpected ways.
Adil Rashid may make some T20 appearances in September, while another leg-spinner Josh Sullivan is new to the professional staff.
On Shutt’s qualities, Patterson added: “First and foremost, he’s a really good lad. He’s great to have in the dressing room – a team man.
“But, especially as a captain, when you speak to somebody about how they’re going to bowl and what fields they want to set, you can tell very quickly whether somebody understands it or not.
“Some younger players, you have to encourage them along, but others know exactly what they need to do. And Shutty is good with that.
“He knows exactly what he’s trying to do, and in the Lancashire friendly game, for example, his control for 20 overs was fantastic. He bowled very few poor deliveries, if any at all. That’s a real positive quality.”
Shutt is the only spinner in Yorkshire’s squad for the Durham clash.
Gary Ballance needs more preparation time having recently been ill and is not included, but fast bowler Duanne Olivier will travel.
His build-up to the summer has been complicated by having to quarantine for a week upon his return to the UK at the start of the month after spending lockdown at home in South Africa.
Yorkshire squad: Patterson ©, Brook, Coad, Fisher, Fraine, Kohler-Cadmore, Lyth, Malan, Olivier, Shutt, Tattersall (wk), Thompson, Waite.