Historically, a strong Yorkshire has resulted in a stronger England team. Therefore, it is no surprise that in the same year Yorkshire are going for a third Championship title in as many years, England were on the brink of returning to the top of the Test cricket rankings. Joe Root, Gary Ballance, and Jonny Bairstow from Yorkshire have all helped England come close to achieving that goal, whereas only James Anderson from Lancashire is in the side.
Red Rose vs White Rose
It is a familiar story regarding the rose counties as three further Yorkshiremen have won at least one Test cap in the past four years (Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth, and Tim Bresnan – Liam Plunkett ignored due to spending his early career at Durham). However, only one player other than James Anderson has done so for Lancashire, Simon Kerrigan’s solitary cap coming in the final Ashes test of 2013 (Jos Buttler ignored as he came through the Somerset ranks).
Within the next three years, Lancashire will be aiming to break this trend. Granted, Yorkshire’s crop of talent will continue to flow, with Alex Lees, Jack Leaning, and Matthew Fisher likely to earn international recognition soon enough. However, in Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone, the Lancashire youngsters, it is clear that the Red Rose have two future stars of their own. Both have already earned England recognition of sorts, Hameed for the Under-19s, and Livingstone for the Lions. However, full England debuts will be a shared goal in next three or so years.
Main Photo: ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 2: James Anderson of England catches the ball during the first day of the second Ashes cricket test match between Australia and England at the Adelaide Oval on December 2, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)