Yorkshire Confirm Squad for Pre-season Tour to Potchefstroom
Yorkshire jet off to Potchefstroom in South Africa for their second successive pre-season in the location next week.
Based at the NWU PUK Sports Village, the squad will train and play in some of the world’s best facilities as their preparations for the new season intensify.
Yorkshire CCC’s First XI Coach Andrew Gale said: “The thing I like about Potchefstroom is that everything is on your doorstep. You stay in the university surroundings. You’ve got the nets at the back, the Test ground there and you’re surrounded by Olympians training. The nutrition is top drawer, there’s an Olympic gym, there’s no travel time so you can use the nets as you wish.”
Embarking on Friday 8th March, the White Rose are set to play a 50-over fixture against Cardiff MCCU and two-day games against Nottinghamshire and Durham.
“The lads know that there’s competition for places, the intensity will be high,” Gale continued. “We’ve got good opposition over there. Playing against Durham and Notts, we will come up against them at some point in the season, so it would be good to put a marker down and see where we are at.”
Gale has named a 19-man squad to travel to Potchefstroom and, with competition for places set to be high, the tour resembles a fantastic opportunity for players to make their mark ahead of the new season.
“We know the players inside-out,” said Gale. “We know that their attitude will be good, they will work hard, that’s a given with this squad. What we are looking for is consistency in performance. You look at someone like Harry Brook last year, who probably wasn’t in the fold at the start of the year, but he put some consistent performances together with the bat and forced us to pick him at the start of the season. There is opportunity for places so we’re looking for the lads to go out there and grab it and perform on a consistent basis.
“It’s an exciting young group. We know the senior players are hardened, good performers and they need to step up, but the young group are exciting. We’ve seen over the last few years young players come in and start to perform in the first team so we’re really looking for them to hit some form ready for the season.”
The White Rose squad will be joined in South Africa by new recruit Duanne Olivier, who signed for the Club on an initial three-year deal earlier this week. The right-armed seamer is expected to meet his new team-mates and spend five days training with them. However, having bowled a lot of overs in recent months, the 26-year-old is unlikely to require the same bowling workload as the rest of the squad.
Former Yorkshire captain Gale added: “He’s obviously done plenty of bowling so he will be in a slightly different place to the other guys. They are all building up to bowling 30 overs a week whereas he is hardened to that. The key for Duanne is to keep him mentality and physically fresh so he hits his straps from the first game of the season.”
Yorkshire will undertake a three-day training camp in Loughborough early next week in a move to ensure the players are ready to hit the ground running.
Gale said: “The intensity is going up every week now, we go to Loughborough for three days next week where we can get full run ups in, be more game specific, have slips in place and then we head out to South Africa. By the time we get back we will be at full tilt.”
Yorkshire’s 19-man squad for pre-season tour:
Steven Patterson (Club Captain)
Matthew Fisher will travel to Desert Springs in Spain where the seamer will continue his rehabilitation with a view to being fully fit early in the season.
Wednesday 13th March – Yorkshire vs Cardiff MCCU (50-over fixture)
Friday 15th March – Yorkshire vs Nottinghamshire (two-day fixture)
Monday 18th March – Yorkshire vs Durham (two-day fixture)
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