Following Yorkshire CCC’s preseason tour out in the United Arad Emirates @LawBlacks caught up with the Yorkshire captain to get his exclusive take on England reaching the T20 World Cup final in India:
@LawBlacks: All the talk this week has been about England reaching the T20 final beating New Zealand by seven wickets, do you think England’s wakeup call came from the embarrassment they suffered in Wellington just over a year ago at the ICC Cricket World Cup?
@GaleyLad: There are a number of aspects to consider: a change of coach in Australian Trevor Bayliss, getting a guy who is vastly experienced in Twenty Twenty cricket having been a coach in the IPL and the Big Bash also so it’s clear he’s changed the brand of cricket and in fairness to the England selectors, they have gone out to county cricket and have selected the guys that are doing well in county cricket at Twenty Twenty level.
@LawBlacks: It’s often said that if Yorkshire are successful England will be successful. Can you talk us through what has impressed you about the bowling of Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and David Willey?
@GaleyLad: You can see that they’ve all got defined roles and they are playing to those roles:
David Willey is a new ball bowler who can swing the ball, he’s there to take wickets and he’s a very effective bowler at the death.
Adil Rashid is not frightened to toss it up in the middle overs and takes a bit of a risk. Although he might go for a few runs he’s willing to take that gamble which he ultimately gets his rewards from, taking a few wickets in the process.
Liam Plunkett’s role is very simple – to run in and bowl as fast as he can.
It’s a very simple formula. If these guys are taking wickets then naturally the run rate of the opposition will follow and you can squeeze the opposition; in a nutshell that’s Twenty Twenty cricket.
@LawBlacks: Another stand out performer from the Yorkshire ranks is Joe root. Can you talk us through how difficult it is to switch between the different codes of the game and how easy Joe Root makes it look?
@GaleyLad: It’s been unbelievable to see his rise first hand and observe how easy he’s adapted to the top level of cricket. If you’d have asked anyone at Yorkshire a few years ago they would have said he would have been a very good player but perhaps no-one envisaged he’d be quite this good this quickly. I believe the thing about Rooty is that he figures things out very quickly and is a very hard-worker. He keeps things pretty simple, his emotions and his mental attitude to the game are very level, whether he’s doing really well or hasn’t made a score. He’s certainly got a lot of experience already on young shoulders.
To be able to switch between the formats requires heavy workloads both physically and mentally. You don’t see many players round the globe able to emulate what Joe is currently achieving.
@LawBlacks: England will face the West Indies on Sunday having already lost to them in their opening match of the T20 World Cup with Chris Gayle scoring a 47 ball century. How must England adapt to contain his firepower?
@GaleyLad: The opening game against the West Indies was certainly a wakeup call. On his day he’s certainly a match winner. If you don’t get him out he’ll invariably win the game for the West Indies. I believe England will need a better game plan against him. A few teams in the Big Bash, I wouldn’t say figured him out but they worked out a game plan against him. I think you have to bowl short as there should be some pace in the pitch in Calcutta and mix it up with some wider balls dragging him outside off stump. However, as soon as you come into his arc of middle stump at box height you’re going to be in trouble as he’ll always clear the rope. It has shown in this tournament that the West Indies are not a one man team. He got out early against India in the semi final but they still knocked off 190. The West Indies are not a one trick pony and their teamwork and camaraderie is not to be underestimated. They seem to have a real togetherness to find ways to win games of cricket.
@LawBlacks: Now turning to the county championship Yorkshire face Hampshire on Sunday 17 April but you will be without Tim Bresnan who has suffered a calf tear. How much will you miss him?
@GaleyLad: Yes it’s very disappointing; Bres has been a vital part of our team for a couple of years. He brings balance to your bowling attack and adds value with the bat also. He will be missed but on the flip side of things if there was a time you wanted to miss him it would be early season because of the availability of the England players. Willey and Plunkett will be back in the fold and will be making a strong case to fill the void. Knowing Bres as I do he will be working tirelessly on his rehab to get back ahead of time if possible and to ensure he’s in good shape for the rest of the season.
@LawBlacks: As ever Galey, thanks for your time and good luck with the upcoming season on all fronts.
@GaleyLad: Thanks, can’t wait to get stuck in!