Mickey Edwards aiming to build on positive start to his Yorkshire career

THESE are early days in Mickey Edwards’s Yorkshire career - the Australian is playing just his second game - but already the signs are encouraging.

After showing glimpses of his quality against Sussex at Hove, where he was unfortunate to take only one wicket, the 28-year-old returned a career-best 3-54 against Glamorgan, Yorkshire’s best figures on the opening day of the County Championship match at Headingley.

Edwards’s career has been held back by injuries; six back stress fractures in his younger career explain why he is making just his seventh first-class appearance.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

But he has pace, he has heart and he has something about him; he can be pretty satisfied with his efforts so far.

Yorkshire's Mickey Edwards. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.Yorkshire's Mickey Edwards. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
Yorkshire's Mickey Edwards. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

“I’m happy,” he said. “I feel like I haven’t bowled as well as I would have liked – albeit it’s been ok, but I think a lot of that is just down to nerves, new conditions and new environment.

"I think the more games that I hopefully play the more comfortable I’ll get and the easier it should become hopefully."

Edwards has shown great fight to recover from his injuries and said: “I’m good. I’m into my fourth season on the bounce now, so I feel my body is in a good place.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"I haven’t really had any issues for a while now, touch wood. I was pretty close to chucking it in a few times.

"It’s a challenge on the body, playing more games, but I feel good and I’m really enjoying it.”

Commenting on the match situation, with Yorkshire losing four late wickets (including Edwards as one of two nightwatchmen) to close on 62-5 in reply to Glamorgan’s 245, the Sydney-born player said: "It’s hard to say who’s ahead right now because two of our wickets were nightwatchmen, and we’re only chasing 240.

"I’d say it’s pretty well in the balance and we haven’t come close to playing our best cricket yet.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"It’s disappointing, but we’ve got two batsmen in right now (Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan) who are exactly who you’d want in this situation.

"We could have had them out for 150 if we’d put enough balls in the right area, but it definitely wasn’t through lack of trying and it’s everything to play for.”