Boycott speaks up for Yorkshire


Published: Tuesday 5th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Fresh from his passionate defence of fellow Yorkshireman Colin Graves, Geoffrey Boycott has claimed his county would beat England were they to play each other now.

Boycott took exception to England captain Alastair Cook’s comments towards Graves in the wake of the defeat to West Indies in Barbados over the weekend, as the islanders managed to secure a shock 1-1 Test series draw.

The incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman labelled the West Indies “mediocre” before the series began, a comment Cook thought gave England’s opponents plenty of ammunition to put one over on the tourists.

Yet Cook telling the BBC: “That’s a Yorkshireman for you – they’re quite happy to talk a good game,” prompted Boycott to say Cook believes he is “untouchable”, and on Tuesday his White Rose pride kicked in again.

Having voiced his displeasure at Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid failing to play a minute of the three Tests – not considering Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett’s lack of action – the 74-year-old said on Twitter his county would beat his country.

Responding to a tweet saying “Yorkshire would beat England at the moment!” Boycott wrote back with the title-winners’ team.

“Correct, Lyth lees Williamson Root Ballance Finch Bairstow Rashid Plunkett Brooks Bresnan or Sidebottom,” he said.

There have been suggestions of a ‘Yorkshire mafia’ forming in English cricket, with Graves supported by prominent media voices Boycott and Michael Vaughan.

But Fitzwilliam-born Boycott does not believe he is in the wrong, adding: “Get no enjoyment from criticising any Eng player but was disrespectful & out of order having a go at Yorkies” and “Don’t give a toss what you outsiders think, if he attacks us I care, there was no call for his comment.”

He then wrote: “Yorks has produced more cricketers for England than any other county.”

County champions Yorkshire had six players on the tour – only two of which played – although coach Jason Gillespie has been suggested to be a man Graves would like to replace current incumbent Peter Moores.

Published: Tuesday 5th May 2015 by The News Editor

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