Gale welcomes Pillans potential

14 February 2019 11:01:40 EST

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale has high hopes that seamer Mat Pillans can make his mark for the Tykes across all formats of the game.

Twenty-seven-year-old paceman Pillans signed a three-year contract after impressing while on loan at Headingley last summer, having found his first XI opportunities limited at Surrey.

We have big hopes for him being a success in all three formats.

Andrew Gale

And, while the South Africa-born Pillans has largely been used in limited-overs formats, Gale believes that the fast bowler can be a more than useful performer in the County Championship.

He told his county's official website: "Mat's probably the quickest bowler we have on the staff at the minute. He has raw pace and he can bowl at 85 mph plus.

"He has a few technical things to work on to allow him to pitch the ball up and swing it. If he can do that, Mat will get wickets in any format.

"Mat has a good record in white-ball cricket, particularly bowling at the death. That's his bread and butter.

"(But) we have big hopes for him being a success in all three formats."

Pillans looks certain to have more chances of making an impression with both Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett having left Yorkshire at the end of last season, with the former heading to Somerset and the latter joining Surrey.

The Tykes can be backed at 4/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Warwickshire priced at 25/1 and Nottinghamshire available at 14/1.

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