Here, in alphabetical order are the players who will contest matters out in the middle.
JONNY BAIRSTOW – Age: 31. Role: Right-hand batsman/wicketkeeper. Lowdown: Talismanic Bairstow played two games last year but is not involved in the early stages of Championship due to participation in the Indian Premier League.
GARY BALLANCE – Age: 31; Role: Left-hand batsman; Lowdown: Missed the whole of 2020 due to illness. Out of first game with concussion but set to return next week.
DOMINIC BESS – Age: 23; Role: Right-arm off-spin bowler; Lowdown: Signed from Somerset, Bess will be keen to put a challenging winter behind him at international level.
BEN BIRKHEAD – Age: 22; Role: Right-hand batsman, wicketkeeper; Lowdown: With Bairstow away, Birkhead is Yorkshire’s No 2 keeper to Jonny Tattersall.
HARRY BROOK – Age: 22; Role: Right-hand batsman; Lowdown: Club captain Steve Patterson has tipped the dynamic right-hander - along with the pace bowler Matthew Fisher - to come to the fore.
BEN COAD – Age: 27; Role: Right-arm pace bowler; Lowdown: With 157 first-class wickets at 19.93, Coad’s statistics speak for themselves.
HARRY DUKE – Age: 19; Role: Right-hand batsman, wicketkeeper; Lowdown: England U19 Duke has yet to make first-team debut. Spent parts of winter with England Young Lions squad.
LOCKIE FERGUSON – Age: 29; Role: Right-arm fast bowler; Lowdown: New Zealand pace bowler made his name in this country during the 2019 World Cup. Second-highest wicket-taker behind another former Yorkshire player, Australia’s Mitchell Starc.
MATTHEW FISHER – Age: 23; Role: Right-arm pace bowler; Lowdown: Captain Patterson thinks that Fisher can rip up the Championship this season.
WILL FRAINE – Age: 24; Role: Right-hand batsman; Lowdown: Fraine has proved particularly dynamic in T20 cricket and has a strike-rate of 154.
GEORGE HILL – Age: 20; Role: Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium-pace bowler; Lowdown: England U19 Hill broke into the Yorkshire first XI last year and equipped himself encouragingly.
TOM KOHLER-CADMORE – Age: 26; Role: Right-hand batsman; Lowdown: An increasingly prolific and proficient batsman, he has the potential to represent his country in both red and white-ball cricket.
DOMINIC LEECH – Age: 20; Role: Right-arm pace bowler; Lowdown: England U19 Leech made his first-team debut last summer, playing two games in the Bob Willis Trophy.
TOM LOTEN – Age: 22; Role: Right-hand batsman; Lowdown: A tall batting all-rounder, Loten caught the eye on his first-class debut in the final game of the 2019 season against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
ADAM LYTH – Age: 33; Role: Left-hand batsman; Lowdown: Quite simply one of the best Yorkshire players of the modern era. With more than 10,000 first-class runs to his credit and an average a shade under 40, Lyth’s qualities speak for themselves.
DAWID MALAN – Age: 33; Role: Left-hand batsman; Lowdown: Malan’s absence at the Indian Premier League is a blow.
DUANNE OLIVIER – Age: 28; Role: Right-arm pace bowler; Lowdown: Has reverted to overseas status under the new regulations. Fired up for a big season.
STEVE PATTERSON – Age: 37; Role: Right-arm pace bowler/club captain; Lowdown: There would be no more popular or deserving captain than Patterson should Yorkshire go on to win the County Championship.
MAT PILLANS – Age: 29; Role: Right-arm pace bowler; Lowdown: South African Pillans also now classed as an overseas player.
JOSH POYSDEN – Age: 29; Role: Right-arm leg-spinner; Lowdown: A fractured skull put paid to the second half of his 2019 campaign and he missed latter stages of last year’s Blast - along with Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Matthew Fisher - after David Willey’s positive Covid test.
ADIL RASHID – Age: 33; Role: Right-arm leg-spinner; Lowdown: It is two years since Rashid last played for Yorkshire but still one of the world’s greatest spinners.
MATTHEW REVIS – Age: 19; Role: Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium bowler; Lowdown: First-class debut at the back end of 2019 was one to forget: he made 9 and 0 against Kent at Headingley. But he was only 17 and is highly regarded.
JOE ROOT – Age: 30; Role: Right-hand batsman; Lowdown: What is there left to say about one of the greatest batsmen in the game’s history? Not much, apart from the fact that Root, if anything, seems to be getting even better.
JACK SHUTT – Age: 23; Role: Right-arm off-spin bowler; Lowdown: After some fine T20 performances for Yorkshire in 2019, Shutt made his first-class debut last summer.
JOSH SULLIVAN – Age: 20; Role: Right-arm leg-spinner; Lowdown: Sullivan has come up through the county ranks and is brother of Academy left-arm spinner Harry.
JONATHAN TATTERSALL – Age: 26; Role: Right-hand batsman/wicketkeeper; Lowdown: Having developed into a fine wicketkeeper, Tattersall is now an important member of the Yorkshire side.
JORDAN THOMPSON – Age: 24; Role: Left-hand batsman/right-arm seamer; Lowdown: An injury to fellow all-rounder Matthew Waite on the eve of last season opened the door to Thompson, who was the standout performer in 2020.
MATTHEW WAITE – Age: 25; Role: Right-hand batsman, right-arm pace bowler; Lowdown: Bizarre injury ahead of the opening fixture when he tore a tendon away from a bone in his right armpit.
JAMES WHARTON – Age: 20; Role: Right-hand batsman; Lowdown: Has drawn comparisons in the way that he sets up at the crease with Joe Root, his cricketing hero growing up.
DAVID WILLEY – Age: 31; Role: Left-hand batsman/pace bowler; Lowdown: England all-rounder is Yorkshire’s T20 captain and will be hoping to help them to their first T20 title.
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