County news April 30, 2012

Starc news can warm Yorkshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Gale, captain of a Yorkshire side still seeking a first championship win of the season, has earmarked his county's match against Gloucestershire at Bristol on May 9 as Mitchell Starc's debut for the county.

The arrival of Starc, one of Australia's up-and-coming fast bowlers, is eagerly awaited by Yorkshire as they seek a greater cutting edge to an attack that has so far failed to impress after relegation to the Second Division.

Gale expects Cricket Australia to provide Starc's No Objection Certificate imminently. "Hopefully, Mitchell's NOC will come through in the next day or so," he said. "He will certainly add further quality to the side. Fingers crossed, he will be available for the Gloucestershire match. It's just a question now of sorting out the paperwork."

Starc, a 22-year-old left-armer, would then fly from Sydney on May 4, subject to receiving his visa in time. He returned to Australia's side for the final Test against West Indies in Dominica and now has taken ten wickets at an average of 32.50 in four Tests.

Kent, who have made a strong start to the season after finishing second bottom last season, proved the latest Division Two side to trouble Yorkshire in a rain-hit match at Canterbury, adding to the disgruntlement of Yorkshire members.

Some Yorkshire members have been heard to complain that Gale's Yorkshire side spends too much time fielding with their hands in their pockets. There is good reason for that: with temperatures as low as 5C, Yorkshire have been using hand-warmers.

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  • stuart on April 30, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Yorkshire won't be going up any time soon.I do enjoy watching them play though cause the other team always seem like world beaters.What happened to Rashid?

  • Matthew on April 30, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @forward defensive Hear hear. Not just this season but last year as well. They just don't look interested . I've noted before how quiet and lethargic they are in the field, leaking runs with silly misfields, yet as soon as the opposition start fielding they're encouraging the bowler and fielding like they mean business and actually want to win games of cricket. I don't think one overseas bowler is going to change the mindset of these senior players you mention (Mcgrath, sidebottom and gale, who has to be the least enthusiastic captain I've ever seen at any level of cricket)

  • James on April 30, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    "Kent...proved the latest Division Two side to trouble Yorkshire". Erm, Yorkshire have had three division 2 matches, 2 of which were against Kent. The other was against Essex and Yorkshire came off on top in that game.

  • David on April 30, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    As one highly disgruntled Yorkshire member, I can point to our performances in the field as the major problem. I couldn't care less about hands in pockets, in fact I would recommend this practice in cold weather, but I do expect players to walk in with the bowler and to look as though they're enjoying a game of cricket and not standing round a grave. Only a few years ago we had a brilliant out-fielding unit - the slips then and now have been a problem - with Rashid, Pyrah, Lyth, Bairstow and Wainwright outstanding. The team was a joy to watch, then. Of these players, only Rashid is currently occupying those positions, though Root has been a welcome addition. You expect big fast bowlers sometimes to be ungainly, and you can generally hide a couple, but we have batsmen in their 20s who are also donkeys by first-class standards. With awful body-language from certain senior players, the team is not much fun to watch at present.

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