NEW signings Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks have both pointed to Yorkshire’s management structure as a primary reason for making the move to Headingley this winter.
Plunkett was keen to work with director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon again, a man who coached him at Durham between 2001 and 2007, while he and Brooks are looking to learn from first-team coach and ex-Australia international fast bowler Jason Gillespie over the next three years.
Moxon and Gillespie signed the fast bowling pair in September to provide extra competition for places and extra cover for injuries, which will inevitably come during a hectic county season including the possibility of 97 days of cricket across all tournaments.
“I obviously worked with Martyn up at Durham and liked the way he works,” said Plunkett.
“I also watched Dizzy bowling a lot for Australia when I was growing up. He’s been a great bowler who has been through plenty of situations.
“The way the lads have spoken about him and his coaching style, it was absolutely the right choice for me.
“I’ve had a couple of bowling sessions with him so far, which have been great.”
While Plunkett is aiming to get his career back on track after two difficult seasons, England Lions man Brooks is aiming to build on a promising start to his career.
The 28-year-old has developed late.
He was still playing village cricket at the age of 20 in Oxfordshire, and only made his first-class debut for Northamptonshire in July of 2009.
“There’s lots of bowling experience from whom I can develop my skills,” he added.
“Someone like Jason Gillespie, I can definitely learn a lot from him.
“I wanted to go somewhere with a good bowling coach, and there’s not many better in the country than Jason.
“I had a few good meetings with him, and I know he was after a couple of seamers to add to the stock he already has.
“It’s not just him. You’ve got to look at the people who you’re playing around as well.
“The guys like Ryan Sidebottom, Tim Bresnan and Liam will bring a lot of experience.”