Captain Andrew Gale has told his Yorkshire teammates that they will go down in cricket history if they win their third successive County Championship crown this season.
Gale led Yorkshire to back-to-back crowns in 2014 and 2015, setting a new record last year for both the number of wins and amount of points won in a campaign.
The Tykes finished 68 points clear of second-placed Middlesex last year - to put that into perspective, Middlesex only finished 67 above bottom club Worcestershire - and Gale’s men are big favourites to make it three.
“It’s been a fantastic last year,” said Gale, whose son was born on Christmas Day.
“I look back at it, and seems unbelievable at times how well we did. It didn’t feel whilst we were in the midst of it that we were going to break all those records. Now it’s sunk in, you think ‘we really did do well this year’. But I’ve already turned my attention to next year now.
“To win a hat-trick, that would be the icing on the cake. To win it three times in a row, that’s the one I want. If we do win it, we’ll be remembered forever.”
Gale, speaking to Yorkshire’s official website ahead of their return to pre-season training yesterday, added: “It will be tough to break records again, but it’s a big enough challenge just to win it. I don’t care if we win it by half a point.
“The way the lads have trained since November, you can tell they’re not just happy winning two.”
One player missing when Yorkshire report at Headingley will be David Willey, who is on Big Bash duty in Australia with Perth Scorchers.