Andrew Gale Column: I’ll drop myself if it helps our prospects

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We start our County Championship clash at Middlesex at Lord’s tomorrow and now have two big weeks coming up on the road against two teams you would expect to be up at the top of the league at the end of the season challenging for the title.

Middlesex had a bad start, but won their last game, so will be full of confidence and after that, it’s Durham and it’s always tough at the Riverside it will be a good test for us.

There are so many strong sides at the minute with all the internationals playing and competing for the Test and one-day squad against Sri Lanka. It’s tough domestic cricket at the minute and everyone is aware they must be on their game.

Looking at the squad, my position is a bit of an issue at the minute as we have a great squad and having missed pre-season, it was always going to be tough for me to start well.

We are only three knocks into the season and two games in and whoever misses out for the Middlesex game, it’s going to be tough for them.

I put myself in that category, but all the other lads have got runs and I am the only one without a 50. It would make a strong statement to the squad if I left myself out and I am not going to hide behind the fact that I am captain.

I feel my record does speak for itself, but to be honest I could do with a couple of hours at the crease, maybe in the second team and then we’ll see where we are at.

Looking back at the week’s action, I have got to say we were pretty ruthless in our home victory over Northamptonshire in the County Championship at Headingley.

I don’t think we were entirely at our best; probably at eighty per cent.

But to win in the fashion we did on the last day by getting six wickets to bowl them out by lunch was a great performance all around, I thought.

Obviously, Jack Brooks performed really well. He bowls wicket-taking balls and is a real asset to us and bowls a full length, which is always asking questions.

I think he averages 20 with the ball at Headingley since we signed him, which shows he is a real asset to us.

He pitched the ball up and asked a lot of questions of batsmen and gets a lot of guys caught on the crease, either nipping off or lbw’s.

It can be hard playing against your old club, but to play in the fashion he did where there were a few nerves around and to claim career-best figures shows what sort of guy he is.

Batting-wise, Gary Ballance was outstanding and probably the difference between the two sides. But I thought Alex Lees also played his part opening the batting.

It was a very tough toss as there was a bit of cloud around and dampness in the pitch.

But Alex took his time, got stuck in and played like a proper opening batsman. That probably gave Gary the chance against the older ball when he got in.

Obviously, the football season is winding down and personally, I am just glad my team Huddersfield Town are finally safe for another season in the Championship.

At one stage, it looks like we would be dragged into the relegation picture again.

Luckily, we got the three points at Yeovil and won’t have to do into the last game of the season needing a point or whatever.

They haven’t performed as well as they should have be, but I believe they are making progress and fans will have to be patient.

Obviously, the sacking of David Moyes made the news this week, but luckily we haven’t got any proper Manchester United fans at Yorkshire now. Patto (Steve Patterson) is a Man United fan, but I think he has only been about once in his life and there’s no point giving him stick now we have lost Mags (Anthony McGrath).

It was a funny carry-on though..

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PAUL FARBRACE has been appointed as the assistant to Peter Moores with England and you have to say what a six months it has been for him.

From Yorkshire second-team coach to going to Sri Lanka as their first-team coach and winning the Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup to now getting a dream job as assistant coach for England. It’s been a magical time for him.

It all just shows how lucky we were to have him for two years.

Paul, pictured above, was outstanding for us and a massive influence that people didn’t really see.

He was an unsung hero, really and we were gutted to see him go.

But we are really pleased at the club that he now has an opportunity to show his skills as a coach on the biggest stage with England.

I am sure England will enjoy the success with him that we had.

He’s a good coach technically, but his main thing is that he knows how to get the best out of every single player.

He’s a really postive guy who fills players with confidence and there’s no negative thoughts about him.

That fear of failure goes out of the window with him and he lets players express themselves.

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