Yorkshire walked the title last year and despite losses to England in the early season, and the loss of Ryan Sidebottom through injury they were still too good for the rest. Lyth, Ballance, Root, Plunkett and Bairstow were all missing at some point for England duty yet the depth in their squad was enough for them to clinch the title today at Lord's.
|Sid...still a class act|
Talent Pooling it is called in professional circles, but Yorkshire have options all over the park. Should Lyth be away on international duty, Rhodes comes in or Leaning scores his runs. Bairstow has been outstanding yet Hodd is a great substitute keeper. Sidebottom has another left armer to push him now in Willey. They have options all over the pitch. Their attack has variety, the left arm of Ryan, the aggression and strike bowling of Brooks, the discipline of Patterson, the nip of Bresnan. And then Rashid, you forget about him.
One man who has been there with Dizzy is Andrew Gale. Ridiculously denied lifting the title last year, he was there where it mattered today and is one of the finest skippers in the game. Prepared to put the team before him, the Dewsbury bred Gale is Yorkshire through and through. Although I reckon he might buy the odd round tonight...
It is typical that when he hasn't been there Alex Lees has stepped seamlessly into the breach. That sums up what Yorkshire are about. Depth in every department.
Yorkshire have talent, youngsters coming through and twenty top class players vying for places. Jason Gillespie has transferred that successful Aussie team to Headingley and he is a winner.
The sound of kegs popping will be heard all over Yorkshire as they bask in another title.
I can't see anything different for a few years...