T&T v Yorkshire, CLT20 qualifier, Centurion October 10, 2012

'We're ready to take on the big stage' - Gale


Yesterday, David Miller. Today, Gary Ballance. Tomorrow, maybe Adil Rashid, who has stood alongside both as they engineered Yorkshire's victory. The ability to lean on any of the members of their squad is what captain Andrew Gale thinks will make Yorkshire strong opponents in the main draw of the Champions League.

"It was a fantastic effort from us in both matches," Gale said. "Throughout the competition we are going to come up against real international stars. We've got a really good team spirit. We've done exceptionally well in the domestic competition and we are ready to take on the big stage."

Yorkshire's only overseas player, Miller, will only be available for them come the semi-final which means the team will rely on the home-grown resources and nothing else. Gale's message to his team is to make the most of their opportunity in the tournament proper and not worry about meeting any expectations, because they have already fulfilled them.

"We're looking forward to the rollercoaster. We're going to playing against some of the guys that we watch on TV. We're going to go in with a no-fear attitude and see where it takes us. Even if we lose every single game, that's okay."

Yorkshire's first game will be against the Sydney Sixers and Gale said they were looking forward to playing Mitchell Starc, who was a key part of Yorkshire's T20 squad earlier this year. Next they face the Mumbai Indians, who Gale had a little dig at because of the nature of the IPL franchises.

"We know that some of the teams have been thrown together but we have played together all season," he said. "We don't fear anyone. We can just go into the main tournament with our head held high."

With Hampshire out of the contention, Gale said Yorkshire also see their role as "carrying the flag for English cricket".

Trinidad and Tobago will have no such similar role for West Indies, as they were culled in their first match. With all the goodwill surrounding West Indies cricket after their victory in the World T20 on Sunday, perhaps T&T's exit from the Champions League will not be taken that hard. Denesh Ramdin did not cut too sorry a figure afterwards and simply admitted that things did not go their way.

"We didn't execute our plans as we wanted to," Ramdin said. "We lost early wickets and then we tried to get a partnership, but we didn't execute as well come the latter stages either. We should have prepared better mentally coming to South Africa where the bounce is different."

Although five of the T&T squad were in Sri Lanka until yesterday, Ramdin did not think that affected the team's build-up. "The rest of the guys had one practice game and they lost but I told them to keep their heads up high. All of these guys are professional and we have some very young players as well so hopefully we can take some experience from this and when we go back home we can work on that."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Matthew on October 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Gary Denton I think he means Starc who was admittedly a key part of the team. However it was a real team effort from all the boys and what he doesn't mention is that we managed to beat Sussex, favourites on finals day, without Starc, not to mention these qualifiers against two teams who are no mugs. I really hope we can go on now and show these franchises that money isn't everything.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Don't be churlish, jonesy2! You must be a Lancastrian ;) Btw, since when have a South African and a Zimbabwean been Aussie superstars, neither of whom are currently playing International cricket and, indeed, the other has never played a senior International match for Zimbabawe? Don't let the facts get in the way of a half-decent troll :)

  • Matthew on October 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @jonesy2 The England team is weak but the national team of yorkshire isn't. As for having no chance. Well as the entire competition is geared up to make it difficult for us that's hardly surprising. We can't compete financially with the Chennai Super Stars and Mumbai Maniacs but we'll make up for that with spirit on the field. We're just happy to be there as we've always been abysmal at t20 up to now. And we get some money in the coffers.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @jonesy - Keep fishing mate. ;)

    I reckon Yorks would have a competitive chance with Bairstow, Bresnan, Miller and Starc in the side. The fact they've got this far without 3 of those (1 game) and all 4 in the other tells me they deserve the chance to be where they are.

  • Bryn on October 11, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    by the way when did english cricket become abysmally poor? was it a gradual thing or was it always like this? funny that yorkshire and hampshire for that matter only made it to the quals because of aussie superstars

  • Bryn on October 11, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    why did england get two teams in the qualification? yorkshire are now by a long way the worst team in the tournament proper, might as well pack up now and head home to the cold and miserable haha to say they have no chance is being kind

  • Bipul on October 11, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    It's a shame that Ballance doesn't appear in Zimbabwe team where there is hardly any accomplished batsmen. I don't know what keeps him out when he has scored double century as well in the First Class cricket.

  • richard on October 11, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    @linardon , I did as well, and no way would i have thought it would be an english team ready to take on the big stage.

  • Ed on October 11, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @ Yorkshirematt - brilliant mate. True words indeed.

  • Matthew on October 10, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @Glenn Linardon I didn't. There's only one "Gale force" and he's from Dewsbury not Kingston. There's only one McGrath as well, and he's from Bradford.

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