England v Yorkshire: A cricketing struggle between club and county
A cricketing struggle between a country and a county who thinks it is one.
When the Yorkshire Cricket Club Chairman Colin Graves was appointed Chairman of the ECB his opening remarks were full of the subtlety and diplomacy one would expect of a Yorkshireman: 'The West Indies are a mediocre team and if we don't beat them there should be an inquiry'.
As well as insulting the West Indies Cricket Team and giving them something to rail against, this was a shot across the bows of the coach Moores and captain Cook.
Graves further undermined the selectors and management by contacting Kevin Pietersen and challenging the selectors to ignore him at their peril if he scored runs for Surrey.
On the tour of the Caribbean, England selected six Yorkshiremen for the 17 man squad, four of them - Lyth, Rashid, Bairstow and Plunkett - didn't get to play a game. When Yorkshire asked for Rashid to be recalled after the second Test after the recalled Ali played ahead of him, England refused and then didn't select him for the Third Test.
Geoff Boycott, a Yorkshireman's Yorkshireman, known for his generous praise and immodesty was hopping mad. England's most cautious former batsmen slated the cautious England set up, declaring that Yorkshire would beat England and that Cook thought he was 'untouchable'..
After England's defeat in Barbados, Cook hit back by suggesting that Graves' 'mediocre' comments had motivated the home team and quipped: 'That's a Yorkshireman for you - they're quite happy to talk a good game'.
England's second Test match against New Zealand is at Headingley. Should England fail to win the First Test, Cook may be wise not to field in front of the infamous West Terrace. However if he does he would be well advised to to respond to their comments.
You can tell a Yorkshireman, but you can't tell him much.