EDITORIAL | We need to talk about JONNY!

Moderator: Assistant Moderator

EDITORIAL | We need to talk about JONNY!

Joined: December 28th, 2003, 2:48 am

September 16th, 2016, 4:10 am #1



Apparently there are rumours afoot that Jonny Bairstow and/or Joe Root may in fact be “permitted” to play for Yorkshire against Middlesex next week. This gossip notwithstanding, here are my thoughts on the issue of player availability:

Yorkshire is set to play its last match of the 2016 season against Middlesex next week - a clash which may well decide the winner of the oldest, most sought after, and most sacred title in English professional cricket.

If the Tykes win the pennant it would be the club's third Championship in a row - a feat that has not been achieved in 48 years. In fact only eight teams in Championship history have managed to win three or more titles in succession. In short this match is potentially an historic moment for both Yorkshire and English cricket.

Alas, as it stands now, Yorkshire will not be able to field anything like their best lineup, given that our three top batsmen (based on batting averages) are currently not be available. Our overseas player Jake Lehmann has returned to Australia and Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are being "rested" by the ECB.

In the case of Bairstow, he is already well rested, having last played on September 4 in a twenty overs match vs Pakistan, and is not scheduled to play again until at least October 3 (if he plays), when England play their first match on the Bangladesh tour. Furthermore, Yorkshire’s match against Middlesex doesn't get underway until September 20, so even if the 26-year old Bairstow was allowed to play in the match, he would have had more than two weeks off since his previous cricketing exertions (the T20 previously noted), with ten days off after the match to rest up for Bangladesh. (Fred Trueman must be rolling over in his grave.)

It is also worth noting that Mr. Bairstow is not a fully contracted England player but is on an “increment” contract, whereby he gets his county salary plus a per diem for each international match he plays.

So, why exactly wouldn’t he be released to play for Yorkshire in this vital championship match? Why wouldn’t the club ask the ECB to release him for the match? Why would Jonny Bairstow, a loyal and proud Yorkshireman by any measure, not ask the ECB to release him for this match? Has either party asked the ECB to allow Mr. Bairstow to play?

Surely, having the best players in a match of this importance would be good for English cricket in general: it would showcase the Championship and some of its best players to a large TV audience, and would be what cricket supporters deserve.

Am I missing something here, or has English domestic cricket truly fallen into a rabbit hole?

Alex

Note: Somerset could still win the title if they win their match and if the Yorkshire-Middlesex match ends in a low-scoring draw.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 2nd, 2014, 9:31 am

September 16th, 2016, 5:01 am #2

Hasn't this topic being covered already in numerous other threads over the last week?
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: October 20th, 2013, 8:03 pm

September 16th, 2016, 7:46 am #3

Am I wrong in thinking that we could win and still come second, if Somerset pick up 2 bonus points more than us? Given the relative quality of the opposition that's quite likely.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: March 27th, 2014, 1:24 pm

September 16th, 2016, 7:55 am #4

Nope, you're right. Although they would only need one more point than us.
Call for TKC..
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 11th, 2014, 2:11 pm

September 16th, 2016, 7:59 am #5

Am I wrong in thinking that we could win and still come second, if Somerset pick up 2 bonus points more than us? Given the relative quality of the opposition that's quite likely.
Think sadly that the ECB 1st, 2nd and 3rd priority is the England team.
The County Championship and County Cricket in general is seen as a reserve league for the England team.
The England team is the one who makes the money is the reason why.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: January 13th, 2015, 7:59 pm

September 16th, 2016, 8:15 am #6

It's just those nice fellas Bayliss, Farbrace & Gibson doing what they think is best.
There is no Evil Empire.
There is no Team England.
There is just a Revenue Generating Cross Subsidy that keeps County Cricket alive.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 2nd, 2009, 12:57 pm

September 16th, 2016, 8:18 am #7

Think sadly that the ECB 1st, 2nd and 3rd priority is the England team.
The County Championship and County Cricket in general is seen as a reserve league for the England team.
The England team is the one who makes the money is the reason why.
Well argued Alex - I cant find much to disagree with.
Except perhaps your use of the word sacred - lets not bring God into it...

I certainly think YCCC would be entitled to ask the question..and it would be good to know if we have done so already...?
Moxon said he had a good working relationship with Strauss - might be the time to put that relationship to the test..?
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: July 4th, 2014, 8:43 am

September 16th, 2016, 8:24 am #8



Apparently there are rumours afoot that Jonny Bairstow and/or Joe Root may in fact be “permitted” to play for Yorkshire against Middlesex next week. This gossip notwithstanding, here are my thoughts on the issue of player availability:

Yorkshire is set to play its last match of the 2016 season against Middlesex next week - a clash which may well decide the winner of the oldest, most sought after, and most sacred title in English professional cricket.

If the Tykes win the pennant it would be the club's third Championship in a row - a feat that has not been achieved in 48 years. In fact only eight teams in Championship history have managed to win three or more titles in succession. In short this match is potentially an historic moment for both Yorkshire and English cricket.

Alas, as it stands now, Yorkshire will not be able to field anything like their best lineup, given that our three top batsmen (based on batting averages) are currently not be available. Our overseas player Jake Lehmann has returned to Australia and Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are being "rested" by the ECB.

In the case of Bairstow, he is already well rested, having last played on September 4 in a twenty overs match vs Pakistan, and is not scheduled to play again until at least October 3 (if he plays), when England play their first match on the Bangladesh tour. Furthermore, Yorkshire’s match against Middlesex doesn't get underway until September 20, so even if the 26-year old Bairstow was allowed to play in the match, he would have had more than two weeks off since his previous cricketing exertions (the T20 previously noted), with ten days off after the match to rest up for Bangladesh. (Fred Trueman must be rolling over in his grave.)

It is also worth noting that Mr. Bairstow is not a fully contracted England player but is on an “increment” contract, whereby he gets his county salary plus a per diem for each international match he plays.

So, why exactly wouldn’t he be released to play for Yorkshire in this vital championship match? Why wouldn’t the club ask the ECB to release him for the match? Why would Jonny Bairstow, a loyal and proud Yorkshireman by any measure, not ask the ECB to release him for this match? Has either party asked the ECB to allow Mr. Bairstow to play?

Surely, having the best players in a match of this importance would be good for English cricket in general: it would showcase the Championship and some of its best players to a large TV audience, and would be what cricket supporters deserve.

Am I missing something here, or has English domestic cricket truly fallen into a rabbit hole?

Alex

Note: Somerset could still win the title if they win their match and if the Yorkshire-Middlesex match ends in a low-scoring draw.
Thank you Alex.

Jonny Bairstow is a Yorkshire player. He is not centrally contracted yet so we have every right to demand that he plays for us. We don't because we can't trust the ECB to not be vindictive towards the player.

It is sickening that players are suspended through no fault of their own and the suspension is only lifted because the Sky paymasters decide to televise a match.

It says everything about the sorry state the ECB has created.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 2nd, 2014, 9:31 am

September 16th, 2016, 8:33 am #9

Suspended?
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

September 16th, 2016, 8:41 am #10

It's just those nice fellas Bayliss, Farbrace & Gibson doing what they think is best.
There is no Evil Empire.
There is no Team England.
There is just a Revenue Generating Cross Subsidy that keeps County Cricket alive.
Phil.

I think you have the privilege time and wherewithal to be able to watch cricket all year around the world based on previous posts.

That means you will be fortunate enough to see the top global players unlike some of us confined to county cricket and games in England only.

Yes there is financial cross subsidy but without it then where would England get their internationals from? Club cricket or the minor counties?

To better promote the game and to perhaps raise attendances at the despised county game perhaps playing England players for their counties when free and tested might boost attendance and interest and quality?

As there is no cricket on free to air tv either then people won't s the the superstars.

It needs to work both ways. Sky have finally relented and applied some common sense next week so perhaps the ecb supremos should do likewise and let their contracted players turn out for their counties.

Then more of us could enjoy watching their talents and more of us might make more effort to go and watch them play in a match local enough to us to get to
Reply
Like
Share