Gale has praise for Yorkshire’s younger batsmen

After his defiant, match-saving County Championship century against Durham at Chester-le-Street, Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale was full of praise for his side’s younger batsmen.

While the more experienced Joe Sayers was left out, Joe Root, Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance all played their part in reaching 280 for four after trailing by 223 in the first innings.

“We are a good fighting team and Gary has again shown he fits that mould, doing well in pressure situations,” said Gale, who shared an unbroken stand of 120 with Ballance to defy Durham.

“For Joe Root, at 20, to open the innings so well against Graham Onions and Steve Harmison shows he has something special. And I was pleased with the way Adam played. His statistics this season are not good, but his movements looked better and it was a shame he spoilt it by getting himself stumped on 69.”

Yorkshire took only five points from the match and slipped into the second relegation spot below Worcestershire, who are their next Championship opponents at Scarborough on July 11-14.

Worcestershire also have a game in hand, but Gale is unperturbed and added: “I was really pleased with the fighting spirit at Durham and our confidence is higher than it was three weeks ago. What we’ve got to do now is learn how to take the game away from the opposition when we get our noses in front.

“Last year, everything we touched turned to gold and we knew there would be tough times ahead as this is a young, developing team. The lads are working extremely hard to turn things around and I certainly can’t knock their work ethic. I still think we have the makings of a great team.”

Tim Bresnan will return to action after his calf injury in the Friends Life t20 match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Friday June 24.

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