Cricket news: Yorkshire’s Liam Plunkett agrees to join Surrey at end of the season

26 Jul

Liam Plunkett will move from Yorkshire to Surrey at the end of the season, his county side have confirmed.

The 33-year-old England seamer is in the final year of his contract at Headingley.

He will sign a three-year contract with Surrey when his Yorkshire deal expires in September.

Plunkett is a four-time County Championship winner, twice each with Durham and Yorkshire, and he has represented his country 95 times across all three formats.

Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “We are trying to assemble a squad that has availability and is within our budget to compete in all three domestic competitions.

“With that in mind, we are not in a position to be able to offer Liam a new contract.

“He has played a big part in our recent success, and we obviously thank him for that and wish him well for the future.”

Yorkshire and England batsman Gary Ballance given time off for personal reasons

18 May
Yorkshire have asked for Ballance's privacy to be respected during this time

Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance has been given time off, the club have announced.

The county captain and England batsman looks set to miss matches in the Royal London One-Day Cup due to personal reasons.

No further details have been given, with Yorkshire asking for the 28-year-old’s privacy to be respected.

Steven Patterson will captain the side in his absence.

A club statement read: “Captain Gary Ballance is set to miss several Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures after the club, this week, granted him some time away from the game due to personal reasons. We ask that his privacy be respected during this time.”

Ballance also missed the recent County Championship match against Surrey because of what was reported to be illness. Yorkshire were led in that game by England captain Joe Root.

The domestic schedule is dominated by the One-Day Cup in the coming weeks, with Yorkshire’s Championship campaign not resuming until June 20.

Ballance, who has 23 Test caps, was recalled by England for last summer’s series against South Africa but lost his place after breaking a finger.

He was an unused member of the Ashes Test squad last winter and was dropped for the series in New Zealand which began in March.

Darren Gough blasts Adil Rashid over ‘ridiculous’ decision to only play white-ball cricket for Yorkshire

20 Feb

Darren Gough has slammed Adil Rashid’s decision to turn his back on first-class cricket and says Yorkshire should ditch the leg-spinnner.

Speaking on talkSPORT2’s Cricket Week podcast, the former England star revealed he is “hugely disappointed” with his one-time teammate.

Rashid declared this week he will not play in the Championship in 2018, with the 29-year-old only making himself available for 50-over and T20 matches.

Gough, a veteran of 58 Tests and 159 one-day internationals, said: “I thought he was a player that didn’t really love it. I’m hugely disappointed in him, it’s a ridiculous decision.

“If I were Yorkshire I would say ‘off you go mate’. He’s a leg spinner and bats at six or seven and he’s one of the reasons why they’ve won titles in the past. 

“They’re going to miss him now and it’s too late to go out there and find another leg spinner just like that – it’s a special art. 

“They’ve already made their overseas picks with Williamson and Pujara. They might have had a totally different pick” 

Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon also spoke about Rashid’s decision on the Cricket Week, which is live on talkSPORT2 every Monday from 8pm. Listen to the latest show in full here.