Andrew Gale has paid tribute to Yorkshire’s England six and says the county can cope with their absence in 2015.
Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth and Jonny Bairstow have been included in England’s Test squad to tour the West Indies.
Captain Gale, who led Yorkshire to their first county title in 2014, believes they can manage without their big names whilever they are on England duty.
Yorkshire have already announced that they are signing some leading world-class players in the form of Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Kane Williamson and Younus Khan.
And in the wake of the Test squad announcement, Gale tweeted: “Great to see our lads get further recognition. 5 out of 6 come through our own academy, great testament to the club.
“Yes it will be tough without them but it’s an opportunity for the next young lads to show there skills.”
Yorkshire’s first-team coach Jason Gillespie has tweeted: “Awesome to see 6 Yorkshire players in the England Test Squad. Thoroughly deserved lads! #strongunit #YCCC”
Lyth, who has earned his first call-up after being named the ECB player of the year in domestic cricket in 2014, tweeted: “Thanks for all the kind messages.
“Very proud and honoured to be involved with England. Looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Former England bowler and Yorkshire star Tim Bresnan tweeted: “Massive well done to @lythy09 on his first England call up. Over the moon for you mate. Well deserved. And to the 5 other tykes.”