WHILE Yorkshire are the worst-performing county since August 2002 in terms of winning silverware, they have had more England Test players during that period than any of their rivals.
No fewer than 13 Yorkshire players have represented England in Tests since then – five more than Surrey, the next-best county.
Although those players and appearances have been suitably spread out, which means Yorkshire have not necessarily been more hampered than anyone else at any given time, it highlights the impresive job the club have done in identifying and nurturing top-class talent over recent years.
The trophy cabinet may well have been left bare as a result, but Yorkshire have done more than anyone in terms of the national interest, with an enviable cast list of skilful players.
Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard, for example, were the county’s mainstays in the international team for many years.
Vaughan became England’s most successful Test captain, while Hoggard was a bit better than the workhorse tag that was always pinned on him.
In recent times, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Gary Ballance have continued the proud tradition, with Yorkshire having no fewer than four representatives on the recent Ashes tour if one includes Tim Bresnan, who was not in the initial party but travelled with the squad as he recovered from injury.
Indeed, despite that quartet being unavailable at times, Yorkshire are stronger now than at any period since 2002, when Vaughan and Hoggard were part of the side that tasted C&G success.
It is not only at full England level that Yorkshire have flourished.
Alex Lees and Liam Plunkett joined Bairstow on the recent Lions tour of Sri Lanka, while Will Rhodes, Karl Carver, Matthew Fisher, Josh Shaw and Jonathan Tattersall were all selected for the recent Under-19 World Cup.
Moin Hussain and Jared Warner have been invited to an elite training camp in Sri Lanka at Easter as part of the England Development Programme at Under-17 level, and there seems a never-ending production line of young Yorkshire players.
It is something which the county can be extremely proud of.
TEST CRICKETERS TABLE
England Test players affiliated to each county since Yorkshire last won a major trophy.
13 - YORKSHIRE: Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hoggard, Craig White, Richard Dawson, Chris Silverwood, Darren Gough, Ryan Sidebottom, Anthony McGrath, Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shahzad, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Gary Ballance
8 - SURREY: Mark Butcher, Alec Stewart, Alex Tudor, Graham Thorpe, Martin Bicknell, Rikki Clarke, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Tremlett
7 - NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: Chris Read, Ryan Sidebottom, Stuart Broad, Darren Pattinson, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, James Taylor
6 - DURHAM: Steve Harmison, Paul Collingwood, Liam Plunkett, Graham Onions, Ben Stokes, Scott Borthwick
6 - KENT: Robert Key, Ed Smith, Martin Saggers, Geraint Jones, Amjad Khan, James Tredwell
6 - WARWICKSHIRE: Ashley Giles, Ian Bell, Tim Ambrose, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes, Boyd Rankin
5 - ESSEX: Nasser Hussain, James Foster, Alastair Cook, Monty Panesar, Ravi Bopara
5 - HAMPSHIRE: John Crawley, Kevin Pietersen, Shaun Udal, Chris Tremlett, Michael Carberry
5 - SOMERSET: Marcus Trescothick, Andy Caddick, Richard Johnson, Ian Blackwell, Nick Compton
4 - LANCASHIRE: Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson, Sajid Mahmood, Simon Kerrigan
4 - MIDDLESEX: Andrew Strauss, Owais Shah, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan
3 - SUSSEX: James Kirtley, Monty Panesar, Matt Prior
2 - WORCESTERSHIRE: Kabir Ali, Gareth Batty
1 - DERBYSHIRE: Dominic Cork
1 - GLAMORGAN: Simon Jones
1 - GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Jon Lewis
1 - NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: Monty Panesar
0 - LEICESTERSHIRE
* Some players have represented England during this period having switched counties - e.g., Ryan Sidebottom.