An argument can be made for seeing Hutton as a post WW2 player; he played for 6 seasons up to 1939 and for 10 seasons after the war. His availability for the post WW2 side changes things considerably.Who would you pick to be in each team. Players like Len Hutton who played before and after the war can only appear in one team.
My teams are;
Pre-ww2; Sutcliffe, Holmes, Hutton, Leyland, Mitchell, Rhodes (c), Hunter (D)(w), Hirst, Verity, Macaulay, Bowes.
Post-ww2; Boycott (c), Root, Lehman (D), Bairstow (J), Ballance, Blakey(w), Trueman, Gough, Old, Wardle, Hoggard.
A second issue has to be addressed. No "player" captained Yorkshire, in the modern era, before WW2. It could be argued, therefore, that team selection should reflect this reality. It is a parallel, but obverse, argument to that which allows the selection of Lehmann in the Post WW2 Team. The archetypal amateur was, obviously, Lord Hawke, but despite his many other qualities he could not be considered to be a great cricketer in playing terms. In fact, Wisden recognised this implicitly, towards the end of his career as YCCC captain by publishing "Lord Hawke and Four Cricketers of the Year" in the 1909 Edition. Of all the amateurs to have captained Yorkshire before 1939, the only one of greatness was F S Jackson, and therefore, he should be given serious consideration.
Thirdly, I incline to the view that players should be selected “in position”. The pre-WW2 number 3, would probably, on this basis, have to be David Denton.
With regard to the selection of spin bowlers, it is arguable that any team which has Peel or Rhodes or Verity does not need a second left arm spinner and that the inclusion of two is something of a “cop-out” in selection, as there is always a need for balance in any attack. Roy Kilner would be the obvious foil to whichever of the left armers were chosen.
Finally, the pre-eminence of David Hunter is marginal in terms of returns as Arthur Wood "lost 5 seasons to WW2. I would not quarrel with either selection, but Wood should at least appear on a shortlist.
So if “push came to shove”, then my two elevens would be:
I admit to a "cop-out" on the Hunter/Wood issue, but it is intentional, as I want to see Wood's name appear on the team-sheet. Something one of his captains deliberately, as I understand it, ensured did not happen at the point at which he would have gained the record for the highest number of consecutive games played for the County. And for no other reason than Wood had been overheard looking forward to the achievement. "Have to keep these players in their place!"