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Gale: England missing a trick by not choosing to have Ballance

Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that England have not picked Gary Ballance in their One Day International winter squads.

No Ballance: Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that Gary Ballance was not picked for England's ODI tours to India and Sri Lanka Credit: Press Association

Ballance has been in fine form throughout the summer, helping England to a Test series win over India and Yorkshire to the County Championship title.

Speaking in his Yorkshire Post column, Gale, who is expected to be cleared of allegations of racism against Lancashire's Ashwell Prince, said: "I think England are missing a trick there because he is one of the best one-day and Twenty20 players in the country, but for whatever reason, England don’t seem to see that and see him more as a Test player.

"But I definitely believe in all three formats that Gary is one of the best players in the country.

"It has surprised me a little bit as I thought Gary would have been on that trip.

"He obviously hasn’t played much one-day cricket for England this summer, but if you give him an opportunity, Gary will take it.

"For me, it would have been nice to see him on that tour."

Yorkshire show off Championship trophy at Headingley

Yorkshire have been officially presented with the County Championship Trophy after drawing with Somerset at Headingley.

The champion failed to round off the season with a win, but fans were treated to their team being given the trophy by club legend Dickie Bird.

It is the first time Yorkshire have won the league in 13 years and is a victory many of the team will savour for more years to come:

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Reports Gale is to be charged with racist offence

The England and Wales Cricket Board has declined to add to previous statements about the disciplinary process facing Andrew Gale, amid reports that he is to be charged with a racist offence.

Andrew Gale Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire captain Gale was banned for his team's final two LV= County Championship matches of the season, under mandatory disciplinary procedure, following his on-field spat with Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince at the start of this month.

When he was subsequently kept away, at the behest of the ECB, from Yorkshire's trophy celebrations after they won the title for the 32nd time at Trent Bridge last week, the governing body clarified the situation in a press release.

Amid reports of a racist element, one expected to be strenuously denied by Yorkshire and their captain, the ECB declined to add to last Friday's statement.

It read:

"After an incident at the recent LV=CC match between Lancashire and Yorkshire, the England and Wales Cricket Board made a formal complaint to the cricket discipline commission (CDC) about the conduct of the Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

"On receipt of this complaint, the CDC has decided to convene a disciplinary panel hearing to consider the matter.

"The ECB will not make any further comment until the disciplinary process is concluded."

The Daily Telegraph reported today that the case will centre on Gale's alleged use of the term 'Kolpak', in a heated exchange with Prince - and whether it can be construed as racist.

A 'Kolpak' cricketer is one born overseas but free to play on a domestic contract under the laws of the European Union.

Yorkshire's Joe Root lifts County Championship trophy

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Yorkshire edge towards first title in over a decade

After qualifying for the quarter finals of the Royal London One Day Cup with victory yesterday against Derbyshire at Scarborough, Yorkshire will turn their attentions back to the race for the County Championship crown.

They take on Sussex in Scarborough and a win would see them edge a little closer to their first Championship title since 2001.

John Shires reports:

Yorkshire bowler sacked for 'unprofessional actions'

Yorkshire bowler Oliver Robinson has had his contract cancelled by the LV= County Championship leaders due to "a number of unprofessional actions".

The 20-year-old paceman is yet to make his first-class debut but did feature seven times in this season's Natwest T20 Blast, taking six wickets with an economy rate of 9.52.

"The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have today announced that Oliver Robinson's contract has been terminated with immediate effect due to a number of unprofessional actions," read a statement on the county's website.

"No further comment will be made by the club."

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