Hampshire v Yorkshire: Fisher in line as Gale demands improved display

Yorkshire's Matthew Fisher is set to replace Ryan Sidebottom for the County Championship clash at Hampshire
Yorkshire's Matthew Fisher is set to replace Ryan Sidebottom for the County Championship clash at Hampshire
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YORKSHIRE are expected to rest their oldest pace bowler and recall their youngest for their penultimate County Championship game of the season.

Ryan Sidebottom, 37, is expected to be replaced by Matthew Fisher, 17, for the match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl starting today.

Fisher and all-rounder Will Rhodes, 20, were the non-playing members of the squad that clinched the Championship at Lord’s on Wednesday.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale confirmed that Fisher is in line for his third career Championship appearance.

“Matt Fisher will most probably play,” said Gale.

“He was in the squad for the Middlesex game, but he left after the first day because he needed to go back to have two days at school.

“You forget how young he is, but he’s played his part this year, particularly in one-day cricket, and we’ve all seen his talent and ability.

“Ryan Sidebottom probably won’t play as back-to-back games are probably a bit too much for him, and I don’t want to blow him out for the rest of the season.”

Gale, whose side complete their campaign at home to Sussex next week, is seeking a positive response from his men after they lost by 246 runs to Middlesex at Lord’s.

It was Yorkshire’s only four-day defeat of the season, and it slightly dampened their Championship celebrations.

“I just want us to play that consistent cricket that we had been doing,” said Gale.

“We don’t just want to breeze through these last two games.

“Hampshire are playing for their place in the First Division, and we’d be letting the other sides down in the competition if we just turned up and went through the motions.

“I said to the lads after the game against Middlesex that we don’t play our cricket like that, and that when we turn up on Monday morning we need to be up for it again.”

Yorkshire have opted not to pick Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett, who have been involved in England’s one-day series against Australia.

The trio would have had to travel down last night from Manchester, venue for the fifth and final one-day international.

“The England lads are not coming down,” said first-team coach Jason Gillespie.

“We don’t think that travelling down from Manchester on Sunday night to play in Southampton on Monday morning gives them the best chance of being successful.

“That’s why we’ve made the decision.

“We trust the squad to get the job done, and we’re determined to end the season strongly.”

Yorkshire squad: Lyth, Lees, Ballance, Gale (capt), Leaning, Bresnan, Hodd, Middlebrook, Patterson, Brooks, Fisher, Rhodes, Sidebottom.