No lack of ambition in county cricket, insists Yorkshire boss Andrew Gale

ANDREW GALE has launched a strong defence of county cricket following criticism that too many players lack ambition.

England's Ben Stokes

Chris Waters: ECB inconsistency over Stokes delivers mixed message

BAFFLING, bewildering, bemusing, breathtaking, bungled, befuddled, bizarre – and that’s just without leaving the letter “B”.

David Willey: At the crossroads.

Test fees must rise to halt drain to T20 riches says Yorkshire’s Martyn Moxon

MARTYN MOXON believes that Test cricket must be more financially rewarding to prevent players from prioritising T20 riches.

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss addresses the England players at Adelaide last year. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters: Testing times ahead for Trevor Bayliss now his departure date is known

WHEN England appointed Trevor Bayliss it was to achieve success in white-ball cricket as much as anything else.

Tim Bresnan.

Tim Bresnan replaces David Willey at Perth Scorchers

TIM BRESNAN has signed as an overseas replacement for Yorkshire team-mate David Willey at Big Bash League side Perth Scorchers.

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England's Joe Root pulls through mid-wicket on day one at the SCG. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters – The Ashes: Time for Root to get tough on himself in order to match Test peers

ONCE AGAIN, Joe Root passed 50 but failed to reach 100.

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Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

Bygones: Martyn Moxon looks back on the Bicentennial Test in Sydney

IT is ironic in an era in which England have struggled to find a Test match opening partner for Alastair Cook that one of the finest English openers of the 1980s and 90s played just 10 Tests.

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Well done: England's Alastair Cook is congratulated by Steve Smith after making a double century.

Chris Waters - The Ashes: Alastair Cook’s double century harks back to a forgotten era

WHEN Stan McCabe plundered England’s bowlers during the Trent Bridge Ashes Test of 1938, Australia captain Don Bradman famously urged his men on to the dressing room balcony.

Congratulations: England's Alastair Cook celebrates  his century  with Joe Root. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters – The Ashes: England provide glimpse of what should have been

IT was difficult to know whether to laugh or to cry.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale.

Lessons learned as Andrew Gale returns to prove Yorkshire’s critics wrong

ANDREW GALE has sent an early New Year message to Yorkshire’s supporters, insisting that the club are desperate to right the wrongs of 2017.

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England captain Joe Root (Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire).

The Ashes: Yorkshire’s Joe Root backed to deal with flak Down Under

MARTYN MOXON is backing Joe Root to come through the toughest test of his career.

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England's Joe Root walks from the field after defeat during day five of the Ashes Test match at the WACA Ground, Perth. (Pictures: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire)

Chris Waters - The Ashes: Numbers do not lie as England begin soul searching

SACK the captain. Sack the coach. Sack the players. Sack the backroom staff. Sack the tea lady. Sack the tea lady’s cat. Sack the tea lady’s cat’s cousin.

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England's Gary Ballance

The Ashes: Patient Gary Ballance awaits Ashes call

YORKSHIRE captain Gary Ballance insists that he is in “a good place” despite being a spectator on England’s Ashes tour.

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Yorkshire's coaching duo of Martyn Moxon and Andrew Gale will take the team to South Africa next March (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Change of scenery as Yorkshire choose to hone their preparations in South Africa

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club are heading to South Africa for their pre-season tour.

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OPENING UP: Yorkshire's Alex Lees, right, and Adam Lyth walk out to bat on the opening day of the 2017 season. Picture by Alex Whitehead/

Alex Lees hoping to find perfect mix to bounce back strongly for Yorkshire in 2018

ALEX LEES is used to cooking up a storm on the cricket field in his role as a talented batsman for Yorkshire.

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LONG-SERVING: Adil Rashid. Picture: John Clifton/

Adil Rashid insists ‘plenty more’ in the tank after earning Yorkshire benefit year in 2018

YORKSHIRE have awarded leg-spinner Adil Rashid a benefit for next year.

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England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Peter Handscomb on day two at the Adelaide Oval. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters – The Ashes: Time has come for action to help restore ‘spirit of cricket’

YOU MAY have seen the pictures this week of the Sri Lankan cricket team wearing face masks in their Test match against India in Delhi.

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TAKE THAT: Australia's Shaun Marsh hits a six during day two of the Ashes Test match at the Adelaide Oval. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters: How unfancied trio are helping to spare blushes of Australia’s ‘moron’ selectors

“MORONS masquerading as mentors.”

England's Jonny Bairstow during a nets session at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. (Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire)

The Ashes: Gale warns Aussies not to make a pantomime villain of Bairstow

ANDREW GALE is backing Jonny Bairstow to recover from “headbutt-gate” and believes Australia have “picked on the wrong guy”.

TOP THAT: Joe Root and other England batsmen need to match the century-making exploits of Australia captain Steve Smith, above, in Brisbane, in order to get back into the Ashes series . Picture: Jason OBrien/PA.

Chris Waters – The Ashes: Now Alice springs to mind as England blunder on

FROM RED faces to pink balls.

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