Of all the 18 first-class cricket counties, there are none with a more richer and illustrious history than Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and "Yorkshire's Cricketing Legends: Yorkshire-born Test Cricketers" takes the reader on a historical sporting journey chronicling the careers of the club's most prominent players. Many have walked onto the field of play to represent the White Rose County, but not all have worn the famous cap and sweater, while some have gone no further than a brief appearance or a second XI match, although it is certain that none will ever forget the day they did. However, there are only 78 of them who have gone on to represent their country, and some have become household names in every cricket-playing country in the world, thus becoming the true legends of Yorkshire and England cricket. Of course, not all Yorkshire-born cricketers who played test cricket have played for their native county, in fact 15 of them did not. Some moved to distant lands early in their careers while others could not break into the Yorkshire team for one reason or another, but all have a connection to the county because of their birth. It is fair to assume that all those who did not play would have played, given the chance, and this book will allow the reader to see who those players are and why a select band of 95 cricketers have got something very special in common. Jim Laker and Derek Shackelton, to name but two, are players that have slipped the Yorkshire net, each because of different circumstances, and imagine what a Yorkshire bowling attack it would have been in the 1950s and 60s, with Laker and Shackelton joining Trueman, Wardle, Appleyard and Illingworth. Indeed, would Surrey have won the County Championship seven times in the 1950s if those two had worn the White Rose of Yorkshire? The most intriguing question of all is who will be the 96th?
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