Gale confident as Yorkshire set out in bid to bounce straight back

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YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale believes he has a squad well equipped to bounce back at the first attempt from the Second Division of the County Championship.

In fact, Gale reckons it is a better squad than quite a few sides at that level and he even admits to a few selection headaches, along with new coach Jason Gillespie, ahead of today’s scheduled Championship opener against Kent at Headingley.

However, he acknowledges that no one within the White Rose camp should get too far ahead of themselves.

“Our major focus is to be on getting back up to Division One but we have to take things a day at a time, indeed, session-by-session,” said the 28-year-old left hand bat.

He has been encouraged by the pre-season trip to Barbados where Yorkshire excelled in winning the Barbados Twenty20 Cup which included several English counties.

“We beat Warwickshire in the final and that was a great effort and really encouraging,” said Gale.

“Doing that, and the way we played out there, makes me excited ahead of the new season given the confidence and the momentum generated on that tour.”

He admits that choosing the first team for tomorrow hasn’t been easy although Australian Phil Jaques isn’t in the frame as he doesn’t join up until the second Championship game on April 19, at home to Essex.

“There’ll be some disappointed lads tomorrow but it’s a long season and everyone will get their chance at some stage,” Gale added.

It will be a big season for Sheffield batsman Joe Root.

The 21-year-old made quite an impact in his first full season, being the county’s second highest run scorer with 937 runs at 36.03, including his maiden century, 160 against Sussex at Scarborough.