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Bygones: Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana square off in an unsavoury moment for sport

THIRTY years ago today, an England cricket captain delivered a terse, handwritten note to a Pakistani umpire.

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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/SWpix.com

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/SWpix.com

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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CHEAP SHOT: England's Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon on day three in Adelaide. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters – The Ashes: Crumbs of comfort sparse as England come up short ... again

IT COMES to something when the top-scorer is a man batting at No.9 on his Test debut.

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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.”

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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”.

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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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HELLO AGAIN: Essex head coach Anthony McGrath will return to former club Yorkshire in April with the 2017 champions. Paicture courtesy of Nick Wood/Unshaken Photography.

Yorkshire welcome chance of early tests against champions Essex and former captain McGrath

YORKSHIRE first team coach Andrew Gale is hoping that his men can catch Essex cold after they were pitted against the champions twice in their opening four games in next year’s County Championship.

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BIG HITTER: Yorkshire's Adam Lyth hit a domestic T20 record score of 161 against Northamptonshire last season as Yorkshire set a record total of 260-4 in a 124-run win. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Video: No stone left unturned as Yorkshire Vikings target T20 success

HOW DID the universe come into being? How long is a piece of string? When is a headbutt not a headbutt?

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England's Joe Root walks off after being dismissed.

Chris Waters: Root has to build on foundations if England are to retain Ashes

MUCH WAS made before this series about the battle between England skipper Joe Root and his Australia counterpart Steve Smith.

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Australia's Shaun Marsh through the covers off the back foot as Yorkshire and England's Jonny Bairstow looks on at The Gabba. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters: ‘Safe hands’ Marsh proves he may still be worthy of Test future

WHEN Shaun Marsh joined Yorkshire last season I asked him about his international ambitions.

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England's James Vince drives through the covers on his way to an impressive score of 83 on day on at The Gabba. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters - The Ashes: Vince gets tough to deal with cauldron of the ‘Gabbatoir’

“IF YOU’D offered me 80-odd at the start of play I’d have taken it.”

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Formidable duo: Yorkshire team-mates Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow sharing the crease for England in 2013. By their own admission, they were just young kids back then but they return to Australia as much more seasoned and capable international cricketers. (Picture: PA)

Comment - Ashes 2017-18: Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow headline intriguing Yorkshire subplot to the Ashes

BARELY an international match goes by these days without some sort of Yorkshire involvement/interest.

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BACK IN THE FRAME: Gary Ballance in action for England at Lord's earlier this year. Picture: Nigel French/PA

Chris Waters: Ballance left with nothing to lose in latest big Test

MY FAVOURITE cricketing quote of 2017 so far came from the lips of Gary Ballance.

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England captain Joe Root leads his team out with Jonny Bairstow for the final day of the test match at Headingley against the West Indies.

Headingley proves just the ticket for 2018

YORKSHIRE CCC say they are “blown away” by “unprecedented” ticket sales for their international matches next summer at a critical time for Headingley’s future.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc: In his playing days for Yorkshire.

Mitchell Starc ready to bring terminal end to England’s Ashes hopes

WHEN Mitchell Starc signed for Yorkshire in 2012, his team-mates nicknamed him ‘Terminal’ due to the fact that he had to undertake 14 flights in 12 days owing to visa problems.

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Four-day Tests backed to enrich financial wellbeing of counties

YORKSHIRE chief executive Mark Arthur is backing calls for four-day Tests.

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Ben Coad: Scooped the player of the year awards at Headingley. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Pace prospect Ben Coad takes clean sweep of Yorkshire awards

YORKSHIRE CCC sent out a press release last night announcing that Ben Coad had won all three of the club’s major end-of-season awards, which were presented at Elland Road.

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Yorkshire CCC chief executive Mark Arthur. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

True ‘all-rounders’ soon likely to be thing of past, says Yorkshire’s Arthur

MARK ARTHUR believes that only a handful of cricketers will be playing both red and white-ball cricket in a few years’ time and predicted that more youngsters will gravitate towards the T20 cash cow.

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