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County cricket preview 2019: Yorkshire

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

The Kolpak signing of Duanne Olivier has caused plenty of uproar – will Yorkshire shut out the noise and improve upon a disappointing 2018?

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Captain: Steve Patterson
Last season: CC1: 4/8; RL50: SF; T20: 5/9 North Group
Transfers in: Will Fraine (Notts), Mathew Pillans (Surrey), Josh Poysden (Warks), Duanne Olivier (SA, Kolpak)
Transfers out: Jack Brooks (Somerset), Alex Lees (Durham), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Azeem Rafiq, James Wainman (both released), Andy Hodd (retired)


Stick on: Gary Ballance

Ballance was Yorkshire’s highest run-getter in the 2018 County Championship

After taking a mid-season break due to fatigue and relinquishing the captaincy, Ballance was the only Yorkshire batsman to pass 700 Championship runs last year. Without those runs, Yorkshire’s flirt with relegation would have been a more serious affair.

Wildcard: Josh Poysden

Josh Poysden could be Yorkshire’s go-to spinner this season

With Adil Rashid on regular international duty and his red-ball future uncertain, much responsibility falls on Poysden, an exciting 27-year-old leggie who’s struggled for opportunities at Warwickshire


CC1: 6/8; RL50: SF; T20: QF

The departure of Jack Brooks – Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker in 2018 – weakens a squad that found itself embroiled in a relegation battle for much of last season, largely due to hugely disappointing returns from their batsmen. They look better set up for white-ball cricket, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who made an immediate impression after arriving from Worcestershire last season, a powerful batsman worth keeping an eye on.


This county cricket 2019 preview was first published in issue 18 of Wisden Cricket Monthly. Subscribe here.

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