Yorkshire will take time over overseas signings

YORKSHIRE’S first-team coach Jason Gillespie will take his time over overseas targets for the coming 2013 campaign.

YORKSHIRE’S first-team coach Jason Gillespie will take his time over overseas targets for the coming 2013 campaign.

The Tykes have been linked with names such as Shaun Tait and Ricky Ponting, as well as the possible return of last season’s Twenty20 star David Miller and Australian bowler Mitchell Starc.

However, Gillespie stated time would be taken over any decision and said: “We’ll have some conversations about the overseas path in the next month, but we are not looking that far ahead at this stage.

“I’m really big mates with Shaun, but I haven’t spoken to him about coming over to Yorkshire, we’re hopeful Dave will be back because he had a massive impact for us and we’d also love to have a player of Mitchell’s calibre – but that is why he is playing all three forms for Australia.”

And on Ponting, Gillespie added: “Don’t worry, his name came up as soon as he made the decision to retire.”

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon is confident that the class of 2013 can challenge for honours in all forms of the game.

The first-team squad are back in full-time training and Moxon believes that the current squad, with new signings Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks strengthening the bowling, will have a real chance of landing the County Championship on the Tykes’ return to the top flight.

“The players are training hard and there is a real buzz about the place,” said Moxon.

“This can be a big year for the club and our aim is to build on our success of last season.

“I feel we have recruited well and now have a squad, with a sprinkling of youth and experience, to compete with the very best in the country.”

Yorkshire, who are set for a pre-season tour in Barbados in March, are celebrating their 150th year and Moxon and Gillespie are well aware of the expectations and will look to create their own place in the history of the club this term.

“We all know that it will be harder this year as we make the step up, and we are well aware of the expectation level among the members and fans,” added Moxon.

“We will continue to challenge ourselves, both as a staff and a squad, to be successful and it is a momentous year with the anniversary and it is our intention to make our own history.

“We have a squad capable of that. Hopefully in 150 years time they will look back on 2013 as a historic year for Yorkshire cricket, with some silverware in the cabinet to make it even more extra special.”

 
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