Tykes need to lose their naive approach to T20

First published in Yorkshire CCC News

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale says his team need to stop being "naive" if they're to be successful in Twenty20 cricket this year.

His comments come ahead of the Tykes first match of 2012 in the shortest form of the game.

Yorkshire meet Derbyshire in a pre-season match in Barbados, with Hampshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire also involved in the competition, as well as a number of local sides.

Yorkshire are guaranteed to play at least two twenty20 matches over the next few days in the Caribbean.

The winners of the contest will head through to the last four of the tournament, with the losers going into a separate plate competition.

Gale said: "I won't lose any sleep if we lose all our games in this competition. I want to go out and win ideally, but it's more about finding out what works for us and putting that in place.

"Hopefully, come the Twenty20 stuff back home, we'll know exactly what we need to do and how to do it best."

Impressing in this form of the game is overdue for Yorkshire.

They're one of only three counties who have never made finals day in the domestic twenty20 cup since it was introduced in 2003.

Gale continued: "I think we can prepare better for it (this year).

"We were a little bit naïve at times last season. It's about executing our skills at the right time, simple as that."

Win or lose today against Derbyshire, the Tykes next T20 contest will take place tomorrow at the Kensington Oval, with any potential final on Thursday.

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