Yorkshire need more consistency, says Jason Gillespie

Yorkshire are striving for greater consistency next season as they attempt to become a good enough side to dominate county cricket’s trophies in the coming years.

Andrew Gale on the attack

Despite leading the championship race for most of last summer, Yorkshire were denied by a spirited Durham challenge to deny them a fairytale title in their 150th anniversary campaign.

While their four-day cricket was outstanding at times, their one-day cricket suffered but first team coach Jason Gillespie now wants them to challenge on all fronts.

“Last year was a big year for the club, but every year brings new challenges,” he explained. “The players and support staff will be striving to win that Championship. “There’s a lot of hunger in that dressing room to do well next season because we finished second and were a chance to finish top.

“We all want to go one better, and we’ve got to find ways to improve our games.

“We don’t want to be seen as one shot wonders. We want to show that we are a team who can challenge for the County Championship year after year.

“We played some really good cricket in the Championship last year, and we want to continue that and improve on that. The lads are very excited about what the summer can bring.”

Another Championship challenge is not the only aim for Gillespie and his squad, however, who were deeply disappointed to bomb out of both limited overs competitions with such a whimper last term.

He added: “We weren’t great in 40-over cricket, which we’ve acknowledged. Last year we started off pretty poorly. The only advantages of that were that it enabled us to give a couple of first-team players a break and give opportunities to young kids.

“Going into the 50-over game, because it’s in a block, we think we can prepare really well for that.

“The Twenty20 competition is another new challenge because it’s in a different structure. We will be ready for that as well.”

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