Andrew Gale disappointed with Bairstow’s Yorkshire absence

Gale accepted Root's need to rest, but wasn't pleased by the same decision for Bairstow © Getty

Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s head coach, is disappointed with England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision to rest wicketkeeper-batsman Johnny Bairstow from two games of the County Championship.

“I was disappointed. I can see why someone like Rooty (Joe Root) would want a rest given the amount of cricket he’s played,” Gale said on Monday (April 17). “But Jonny has played one one-day international since Christmas. I think he’s played three days of cricket.

“For me, he should have been available right from the first game of the season. He had enough time off from the end of the West Indies trip. I felt he should have been available.”

“This is part and parcel of being at Yorkshire. We’ve always want to bring our home-grown players through, but if we do that they are going to get picked for England. And we want our players to play for England, but when they’re available we want them to play for us as well,” Gale added.

Gale, who is new to the Yorkshire set up in a coaching role, is confident of the squad that he has with him, even as several players are above 30 years of age.

“We’re going to suffer some pain and a bit of that is self-inflicted. But there’s no quick fix,” Cole said. “It’s not like football, we can’t just go out and sign players now. We’ve not made the transition and we’re getting to a wall with this group of players and nothing behind them.

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