England quartet return for Yorkshire
Adam Lyth, Jonathan Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett will all return from England duty to boost Yorkshire in their quest to defeat Hampshire next week.
Lyth returns hoping to score the runs for his county that will finally earn him selection in England’s starting XI.
Lyth said: “I really enjoyed my time with England. Even though I didn’t play in the Test series, I gained a lot from the trip and how you prepare for international cricket.
“I’m hopeful that I will get my chance against New Zealand later this month and finally represent my country.
“I am very confident that I will play, but in the meantime I need to start the season well with Yorkshire and get some runs starting this weekend against Hampshire.
On returning to the Yorkshire fold, Lyth added: “It will be a challenge but I relish the pressure. I’m looking forward to opening the batting with Alex (Lees) and continuing where we left off last season.
“Hampshire will come here with some confidence. They are good side and deserved to get promoted. They have some quality players and a strong bowling attack. We will have to play well to get something out of the game.”
Yorkshire make three changes in all to their squad from the drawn match against Warwickshire at Headingley two weeks ago.
Four players, who have been in the Caribbean – Jonathan Bairstow, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid – are all set to make their first start in the Championship campaign this season.
They replace James Middlebrook, Andrew Hodd and Matthew Fisher. Fisher, 17, will miss Yorkshire’s next two Championship matches due to taking exams.
The starting XI will be named before the toss on Sunday
Yorkshire 12-man squad to face Hampshire: Jonathan Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jack Brooks, Tim Bresnan, Andrew Gale (captain), Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Cheteshwar Pujara, Adil Rashid, Will Rhodes.