Andrew Gale: Suspension knocked some of the gloss off the team’s achievements

Joe Root

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IT WAS a fantastic result for us at Old Trafford this week, but the news that came through after the game that I had been suspended sadly took the gloss off it for me.

The lads played some tremendous cricket with a few outstanding individual performances in there as well and we held our nerve really well and it was a perfect day until that news came through.

Whether I agree with it or not, I will have take it on the chin.

That is just part and parcel of it. The ECB have made the decision and whatever I say now, going forward, is not going to change things.

There is no appeal process, so I am just going to have to take it. It’s pretty devastating really; I have worked all my career to lead Yorkshire to a championship and not to be part of the last two games when we will hopefully get over the line is a hard pill to swallow.

It is gutting if you miss games through injury; you can stomach that. But to miss games through being suspended is even worse. It is going to be pretty hard watching the lads and not be out there to lead them into battle.

It is not ideal. But it is what it is, I am not going to moan about it or feel sorry for myself. It is the way it is and I will be positive around the boys.

My record speaks for itself as captain. It’s nearly 50 games in first-class cricket and I have lost only seven and averaged over 40 with the bat as captain.

The lads will probably miss my leadership a little bit and runs to the team, but they are strong enough and positive enough as a group to deal with that and I am sure, if anything, it will spur them on more.

Me and Dizzy have got a really good relationship as captain and coach.

It has worked and we have had some success with it and we respect each other and we are a good team.

He was as gutted as I was to hear the news. But we can’t change anything now, the lads need to get us over the line now.

I have had a lot of support; something like 300-odd tweets from people offering support and saying how much they have admired the job I have done at Yorkshire.

I have also had emails from club members and it’s been overwhelming really.

We really have the best supporters in the country and I really thank them for the support that they have given me.

I will be around the team and help from the sidelines.

I think Joe Root will take over as captain and I will be there to give him advice as he’s still quite inexperienced as a captain.

I will just be trying to keep the lads positive and focused really; all I can now do is contribute off the field.

Joe is a very mature character, with a fair bit of experience for a young lad.

We said at the start of the season that if he could get some captaincy experience before he becomes that ‘future England captain’ if you like, that it would be good for him and English cricket.

This provides another opportunity for him.

In terms of the Roses game, after losing the toss, it looked a pretty good wicket to bowl them out for 270-odd. It was a good effort.

Lancashire gave us a lot of cheap wickets and we knew we could do better than them on that pitch and we captalised on that. We spoke about being ruthless and making big match-winning contributions and the lad who got in did exactly that.

Adam Lyth is in the form of his life with the bat and his double hundred was one of the best knocks you will ever see in county cricket.

Adil Rashid, who has probably been short of runs lately, came to the party and really took the game away from Lancashire.

We then held our nerve really well and showed a lot of patience with the ball and got our rewards. When we needed Adil to come to the fore, he did exactly that. On a spinning wicket in the second innings, we needed him to get wickets and that is exactly what he did.

We were going out after lunch on the last day knowing Notts had already lost and that if we could get full points it would put us in a fantastic position. We did that and apart from my suspension, it was almost the perfect day.

We are in a great position in the table. But our mentality doesn’t change. We want to carry on playing good solid cricket and we go to Trent Bridge to win the game – if we play as we have been and get our processes right, then we will go there and win the match. That is what we are setting our stall out to do.

We don’t want any rain, we want to win properly and show Notts we deserve to win the league.

Sarfraz Ahmed.

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