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Six Yorkshire players picked for England Lions

England selectors have confirmed that six Yorkshire players have been named in the England Lions squads for the tour of South Africa beginning in early January.

County champions Yorkshire have six players in the England Lions squad Credit: Press Association

Having been involved with the England Performance Programme during the winter, Jonathan Bairstow, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid have been selected.

Yorkshire pair Joe Root and Gary Ballance were also selected in the England World Cup squad.

Yorkshire duo make England World Cup squad

Yorkshire's Gary Ballance and Joe Root have both been named in England's ICC 2015 World Cup squad.

Gary Ballance (centre) and Joe Root (right) have both been included in England's World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Ballance replaces Alistair Cook in the 15-man squad, who has been dropped as captain in favour of Eoin Morgan.

Ballance is one of three changes to the squad that suffered a recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka.

Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow, who were all named in England's preliminary 30-man squad, have not been selected.

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Seven Yorkshire players in World Cup contention

Yorkshire have seven players selected in England’s initial 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup.

County champions Yorkshire have seven players in England's provisional ICC World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Seamer Jack Brooks has received his first England call up with Adil Rashid making a return to the England set-up.

They're joined by fellow county championship winners Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Joe Root.

Ballance picks up ICC award

Yorkshire cricketer Gary Ballance has been named Emerging Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards.

The left-handed batsman scored three Test centuries during his first season in international cricket and helped Yorkshire win this year's County Championship for the first time in 13 years.

Civic reception to be held for Rhinos and Tykes

They'll be a civic reception for both Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos later today.

Winners: Yorkshire won the County Championship for a record 31st time last month Credit: Press Association

The reception at Leeds Civic Hall is in celebration of the Tykes County Championship winning season and for the Rhinos rugby league Challenge Cup winning campaign.

Yorkshire secured their County Championship Crown for a record 31st time after they thrashed Nottinghamshire last month.

Meanwhile,the Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers 23-10 at Wembley back in August to end a run of six consecutive defeats in the Challenge Cup final.

Seventh time lucky: The Rhinos had lost their previous six Challenge Cup finals Credit: Press Association

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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:

Tea break at Headingley for Downton's butler

One man who was taking in the cricket down at Headingley today was Jim Carter, better known of course as Mr Carson from Downton Abbey.

As the butler, he is used to serving afternoon tea for Lord and Lady Grantham but today was a role reversal - as the actor hosted his very own tea party during Yorkshire's game against Somerset.

Kate Walby went along:

Prince talks down claims of Gale racism

Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince has revealed he did not consider there to be a racist element to the verbal abuse delivered to him by Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Gale was banned for two matches after being reported by umpires for his part in an unseemly bust-up at the end of the third day's play in the Roses match earlier this month. That punishment was then extended by the England and Wales Cricket Board to prevent Gale playing an active part in lifting the LV= County Championship trophy following Yorkshire's victory at Trent Bridge last week.

Subsequent reports indicated that Gale had referred to South African Prince as a "f***ing Kolpak" and that the racial connotations of the term were key to the charge.

The phrase Kolpak refers to a Maros Kolpak, a handball player who set in motion a legal precedent that now allows some foreign-born cricketers to play in England under the laws of the European Union.

Yorkshire are backing their man staunchly and will surely have taken note of a revealing interview given by Prince to South African station Ballz Radio.

In it he admitted time-wasting, explained he was unhappy with the aggressive nature of the abuse Gale responded with but appeared unmoved by suggestions of racism.

"I took offence to the way he spoke to me, that's the bottom line," Prince told the broadcaster.

"The way the guy approached me and spoke to me, that's what I took offence to. I didn't stand there and think, 'That may be a racial slur'.

"What happened was the guy walked towards me and had a go at me and I defended myself. If the ECB feels there's racial connotations to it, that's up to them to do whatever they want to do.

"It's gone all out of control at the moment.

"People are calling me a cry baby, but at the end of the day I want to clear it up, I didn't report this guy to the ECB, the umpires did."

Gale is expected to be at Headingley throughout his side's final championship game of the season against Somerset next week, with a disciplinary hearing initially slated for Tuesday pushed back to allow for all the relevant parties to be involved.

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