My team for next week;
Lyth, Lees, Root, Handcomb, Ballance,Bairstow, Bresnan, Rashid, Willey, Patto/Plunkett if fully fit and Coad.
I would drop Patto if Plunkett is fully fit. This is no reflection on Patto as i do rate him highly.
Club players might see the batting order as a contest, or a pecking order. One would hope that Yorkshire will be more professional than that, and chose a line-up that maximises the incredible talent available.
Historically (about 3 years ago) we had Lyth and Lees, with Root at 3, Gale 4, Bairstow 5, Ballance 6, Rashid 7, Bresnan 8. When there was an overseas batsman to fit in, and all were available, Gale dropped himself, on one occasion, anyway.
Surely, this time, Root and Handscomb will be at 3 and 4, either way round, as they see fit. Ballance and Bairstow will be 5 and 6, unless it's thought that Ballance at 4 and Handscomb at 5 is better. Rash and Brezzy will be 7 and 8, either way. If Heineken did 7s and 8s.....
All these combinations work. Ballance was great at 6 because he was so good batting with the tail, what little there was (and is) of it, but it's not like a club game, or a limited overs game, where the 7 and 8 don't get a proper bat. Mr Abbott will make sure of that.
Whatever they come up with will be okay, unless they have a brain-freeze and bat Ballance at 3, as England did. I wish I was going, but I'm off to Old Trafford to watch Tres and Shiv.