Moxon: England duties ruin Yorks chances

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The current England team has three Yorkshire players in action, namely Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett, and with more set for Lions tours and the like, Tykes director Martyn Moxon is worried about a player shortage.

The current England team has three Yorkshire players in action, namely Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett, and with more set for Lions tours and the like, Tykes director Martyn Moxon is worried about a player shortage.

Yorkshire usually have at least two players in the England team, if not more when Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow are playing, and Moxon is disgruntled and proud at the same time, saying his coaches never have their full talent pool available.

He also bemoaned the fact that teams get judged on titles and trophies at the end of the season, which is fair enough, but on paper he has the best team in County cricket, but they haven't won anything in 12 years.

Moxon said in the <i>Telegraph and Argus</i>: "If we have three in the England team, a couple in the Lions, possibly five with the under 19s and a couple in the under 17s, we could have eleven or 12 lads away.

"I listened to Andrew Strauss commentate on the Worcester game (T20 v Durham last Saturday), and he was talking about Moeen Ali being selected from Worcester and how it was good that they have produced an England player.

"He said the primary reason for county cricket is to produce England players, it's not just about winning trophies. I think that's a good point. But, at the end of the season, a lot of people look at who's won what.

"We are the county with the longest wait for a trophy (2002), but we've produced the most England players. So what is regarded as success?

"It kind of frustrates me because in black and white terms we're judged on not winning any trophies, but one of the reasons is we can't play our best team all the time."

As it stands, Yorkshire are second in the County Championship first division, with three wins out of eight games and four draws, while in the T20 Blast they are third in the North Division with two games in hand.

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