ONE-DAY cricket is all the buzz these days, but can it ever dish up anything half so exciting as the Lord's Test match in which four Yorkshire players contributed to one of England's greatest performances?

Exactly one week on, England are today taking on Zimbabwe in their first match in the NatWest triangular one-day international tournament, yet however close the game may turn out to be, it will be nowhere near as intense or as dramatic as the events which unfolded as England moved towards their two-wicket victory over the West Indies.

Even cricket's traditionalists and diehards have got to accept that one-day cricket is here to stay and acknowledge that it is the revenue from these matches at county and international level which will keep the game going and allow it to expand.

But it would be foolish of anyone who markets the one-day game to pretend for a moment that their product is superior to first class cricket. Coloured clothing and other limited overs cricket is undoubtedly popular with the masses but it can never be a substitute for the real thing.

Regrettably, the one-day game seems to be given preference over everything else at the moment, hence this thrilling Test series now having to be put on ice until August 2 while the triangular tournament is played out.

Just as England have come to the boil they are being forced to undergo a cooling off period which neither they nor the majority of their followers want and it will be interesting to see if the adrenalin is still flowing by the time the third Test at Old Trafford comes around.

Meanwhile, Darren Gough and Craig White will be doing their utmost for England in the triangular tournament with the West Indies and Zimbabwe, and their country's hectic programme over the coming weeks means that Gough - and possibly White - will figure in only one more home Championship match at the most for Yorkshire this season - provided England have no objection.

The triangular tournament ends with the Lord's final on July 20 but Yorkshire are without a Championship fixture until the following Friday when the Roses match takes place at Headingley.

The Test series re-starts after that and when it concludes the only Championship games Yorkshire are left with are the visits to Canterbury and Southampton where, hopefully, they will clinch the title.