Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has slammed the ECB’s treatment of Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance, after the Tykes duo were left out of England’s squad to face Pakistan this winter.
The pair, both members of England’s Ashes-winning squad this summer, were notable absentees when the 16-man squad to tour the United Arab Emirates was announced earlier this week.
Lyth played all five Tests against Australia, while Ballance was dropped after the first game and Gale said: “I’m gutted for the lads.
“I’m so disappointed for Gaz. He’s got an unbelievable record. I think he’s been harshly treated, and I’m really disappointed with the ECB for that.
“I strongly disagree with the decision they’ve made. He’s got a proven record at that level, and yet they’ve picked James Taylor ahead of him. As much as I love ‘Titch’, I think Gaz deserves a chance to get back in that squad and prove again what he did before.
“He’s a mentally strong lad is Gaz and a pretty level-headed guy. Knowing him as I do, he’ll take it in his stride and come back much stronger.”
Gale, whose side managed only 7.4 overs of play against Hampshire yesterday, added: “I’m not a fan of chopping and changing.
“You’ll see with our Yorkshire team this year that I’m a big believer in continuity and backing guys for a certain amount of time.
“Lythy’s shown that he can perform at that level, and it’s not as if opening batters are falling out of trees and churning runs out week after week like Lythy did last year.”