Ballance Diary: Championship in our grasp

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It’s brilliant to be back with the Yorkshire lads and we’re all so excited at what could be one of the best weeks of our careers in Nottingham because we know we could be the first Yorkshire side since 2001 to win the County Championship.

It is a massive week and especially after the win the lads got last week so hopefully we can get another victory and secure the title but we still have four days of hard cricket ahead. Nottinghamshire are a really good side and if we do perform over the whole game then we do give ourselves a good chance.

Obviously I wasn’t there for the Roses victory at Old Trafford but I was following closely and I saw the highlights and it was a magnificent effort to take 20 wickets on that pitch and to get a huge score.

Some individual performances from Lythy (Adam Lyth) and Rash (Adil Rashid) were hugely important to give us the win which has meant there is now a little gap at the top of the table and confidence going into this week.

One negative was losing our skipper Galey, (Andrew Gale) he’s a massive loss because he’s been a great leader for us over the years so it’s disappointing for the team and himself, he’s gutted. Rooty (joe Root) is stepping into his shoes and he’s obviously pretty experienced at international level now and he has a great cricket brain so I am sure he’ll be fine this week.

We’ve both slotted back in nicely after ending the international summer, it’s always great to be back. We had a great training session today and it was good to see the lads and have the same banter as before so we are all looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get it started.

It can be difficult to come back from international duty but for this game it’s worked out alright with Kane Williamson going back to New Zealand and Galey missing out it means nobody has really been dropped for us which is nice because you can feel guilty when that happens. This is professional sport and that’s how it goes, these things happen and you move on from it.

I can’t explain how massive it would be to win this, up in Yorkshire the players, the members and all the supporters believe the County Championship is the number one priority and it’s been well over 10 years since we last one it and we have a great opportunity to get the job done this week. It will be massive for everyone in Yorkshire so hopefully we can put in that performance and get the result that we want.

Notts are a strong side and that’s why they’ve performed so well in all three formats this year and they are pushing for the Championship.

They have so many quality players who have done well this year, it’s not going to be easy and we need to put in a good performance every day and we are ready for that.

The game is live on Sky which will give the lads great exposure so hopefully the lads can show everybody just what we can do.

People have been talking about our openers getting a chance with England and you can see why because they are both very good players, Lythy has been around a bit longer and they are both very different players that complement each other nicely.

They’ve been brilliant this season by putting on huge partnerships to set the games up for the bowlers. There’s no reason both of them can’t take that extra step into international cricket.

Knowing them I’m sure they will keep pushing for those opportunities and hopefully they can finish this season strongly and put in us in another good position to win the game.


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