Grayson looks to build confidence

13 March 2019 15:04:01 EST

Paul Grayson says he wants to make Yorkshire's batsmen feel good about themselves as he tries to turn around their fortunes.

Grayson, 48, began his role as batting coach at Headingley a fortnight ago and has been working with the players on the pre-season tour of Dubai.

The former Essex head coach has been recruited following repeated failures with the bat during consecutive fourth-placed finishes in the County Championship.

"They're all good players, there's no doubt about that, otherwise they wouldn't be playing county cricket," Grayson said.

"They all have talent - it's just how we use that talent. It's up to me to make them feel good about themselves and give them some confidence to go out with a decent game plan of how they're going to play, especially against the red ball.

"Because batting against the red ball in county cricket has been tough, not just for Yorkshire but for a lot of county cricketers over the last few years.

"We play four Championship matches in April and four in September and it's hard work up front against the new ball.

"But hopefully by the end of the summer we will see some good rewards, with some better numbers and some good stats on the board."

Former captain Gary Ballance, with 906, was the only Yorkshire batsman to register more than 656 Division One runs in 2018.

Yorkshire are 4/1 to win Division One this season, with Surrey at 10/3 and Essex are 8/1.

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