Patterson earns Yorkshire call-up for Essex game

Steve Patterson knows he must make the most of his opportunity for Yorkshire against Essex at Headingley as competition for places is about to become even fiercer.

The 28-year-old seamer had some injury problems last season and in County Championship appearances took only 21 wickets at 46.33.

The much less experienced Iain Wardlaw was preferred in the opening match against Kent, but Patterson did enough against Leeds/Bradford MCCU to earn a call-up.

He is well aware that competition will intensify with the imminent arrival of an overseas fast bowler. And Tim Bresnan is also available for the next two Championship matches– against Kent  at Canterbury and Leicestershire at Scarborough.

Yorkshire are thought to be pursuing 22-year-old Australian left-armer Mitchell Starc, from New South Wales, who has been capped three times at Test level.

Starc is with the Australia squad in the West Indies but has not been selected for the first two Tests and was not in the party for the one-day series.

Yorkshire will almost certainly make their move if, as expected, Phil Jaques’ status as a non-overseas player is confirmed by the ECB.

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “We are looking at a few options and I’m hoping something might happen in the next few days.

“It was in our thoughts anyway to look for an overseas player, but I think that has been probably stepped up after the first game. We weren’t at our best with the ball against Kent and we need to improve our consistency.”

“The lads are working hard and trying very hard, but we have struggled to maintain that pressure with the ball.”

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