Yorkshire ease Moxon burden

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YORKSHIRE’S restructuring of the backroom staff will ease the workload burden on Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon and can help take the county forward.

That is the view of Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves who said that Barnsley-born Moxon was “tearing himself apart” trying to deal with various areas under the structure as it was last summer.

“I want Martyn to stand back more rather than be on the coal face on a daily basis where he felt he had to be,” said Graves.

“I’m very excited about where we are now. We’ve some very good players, a fantastic coach in Martyn and a new coaching structure that is a breath of fresh air.”

Graves said he would be “very disappointed” if Yorkshire didn’t get back in Division one at the first attempt.

“Provided we don’t get too many England call-ups then there’s no reason why we can’t win promotion,” he said.

New first team coach Jason Gillespie - who is joined by Aussie left hander Phil Jaques - said the opportunity to return to Yorkshire was too good to turn down.

“I’ll try and bring fun and enjoyment to the role whilst ensuring my preparation is spot on,” he said.

Sheffield batsman Joe Root has signed a contract extension to the end of the 2014 season as has captain Andrew Gale.