It’s been such a shame to see Jonny Tattersall struggling for game time at Headingley.
The 26-year-old experienced a poor start to the campaign and has been usurped by teenager Harry Duke. I wish Duke all the best but there’s still room for Tattersall in Yorkshire’s XI, particularly when Root, Malan and Bairstow are with England. Lyth, Brook and Kohler-Canmore are all likely to earn The Hundred contracts so Yorkshire shouldn’t dispose of Tattersall yet.
After scoring a duck in his only innings and being released after just two matches, Tattersall reinvented himself as a wicketkeeper and fought his way to back into the Yorkshire fold. He’s performed consistently well ever since. Well, until the start of this season. He made runs during a brief loan stint with Gloucestershire but despite a half-century in a recent List A game, hadn’t returned to Yorkshire’s County Championship XI.
For a player who had to fight back, averages north of thirty in both First Class and List A cricket are healthy. It’s to be hoped that further opportunities await on home turf. If not, other counties would be foolish to ignore his experience and determination.
Disclaimer: Since originally scripting this article, Jonny Tattersall has gone out on loan again, this time… to Surrey!