ANDREW GALE believes Yorkshire have more in their Twenty20 armoury than just “box office” star Aaron Finch to help them avoid a repeat of their disappointing showing in the format last season.
The Yorkshire captain was speaking at yesterday’s official launch of the NatWest T20 Blast with his team hoping to improve on 2013’s effort in what was then called the Friends Life t20 when they finished bottom of the North Division, winning only two of 10 fixtures.
It was a stark contrast to the previous year – coach Jason Gillespie’s first in charge at Headingley – when Yorkshire progressed all the way through to the Champions League in South Africa after finishing runners-up to Hampshire in the domestic competition.
Earlier this year Yorkshire announced they had signed Australia’s T20 international star Aaron Finch for the shorter format competitions for 2014.
Gale spent most of the winter in Australia both playing and coaching and met up with Finch and was impressed with what he encountered.
But while Finch’s signing has no doubt helped shift more tickets for a number of one-day fixtures at Headingley, Gale insists there are plenty of other star attractions in the Yorkshire line-up who are capable of delivering big performances.
“I wanted to find out what sort of character Aaron was and I was hugely impressed,” said Gale. “He’s a larger than life character who is eager to improve his game. To sign a box office player like that for Yorkshire is excellent.
“His form has been outstanding throughout the winter, in one-day cricket generally not just Twenty20, and he performed well against England and at the World Cup.
“But one player can’t win you every game and we’ve got some good players around him.
“You look at Gary Ballance’s record over the last few years, my own record in Twenty20 is good and Rich Pyrah has been outstanding with the ball throughout his career in Twenty20. So it’s really good to get these box office players who can win you the odd match but, ultimately, we have other players who can also win games in their own right.”