YORKSHIRE are facing a major selection dilemma ahead of tomorrow’s Roses clash against Lancashire in the County Championship at Liverpool.
Bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan and wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy were injured in the drawn match against Hampshire.
Neither of them featured in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League match at Headingley on Sunday, which Yorkshire lost by two wickets to Kent.
Both are doubts for the clash at Aigburth, Liverpool, with Bresnan’s injury perhaps the most serious.
The England international limped off with a tight calf at Headingley – the same problem which forced him home early from the winter’s Australian tour – and with England’s first summer Test against Sri Lanka only nine days away he is facing an uphill battle.
Bresnan’s absence would be an obvious blow to the White Rose, but the fitness of Brophy could mean more of a gamble for the selectors.
The South African has a hand injury and is the only wicketkeeper available as Jonathan Bairstow is away on England Lions duty.
If Brophy does not make it then Yorkshire will be left in a difficult position, and it is unlikely 15-year-old Barney Gibson, who made his debut against Durham MCCU last month, would be thrown into the Roses match.
Lancashire go into the match looking to go back to the top of the County Championship table, but do so on the back of a seven wicket defeat against Somerset which has all but ended their chances of progressing in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Lancashire’s innings was underpinned by skipper Steven Croft’s maiden one-day century, a fine 107 off 109 balls, at Taunton, but Lancashire’s highest one-day total of the season proved to be insufficient against a powerful batting line-up on a fast-scoring ground.