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Rob Yates showing plenty of promise for Warwickshire and beyond

Warwickshire 271 for 7 (Yates 104, Burgess 65*) vs Worcestershire

It’s been a long time since Warwickshire produced an opening batter with the potential to play Test cricket for England, but in Rob Yates they may just have done so.

It’s probably unwise and almost certainly unfair to set such expectations for Yates. He’s just 21, after all, and has more than a year left at university. Indeed, with rain forecast for the weekend, he is planning on bringing his laptop to the ground over the weekend to catch-up in his studies. He still hasn’t finished that essay about gorillas’ body language; a case of gorillas in the missed deadline, perhaps?

But so assured does he look, so crisp is his strokeplay, that it is hard not to become excited by his potential. Opening the batting in England at this time of year is a demanding business: the combination of Duke’s balls and fresh pitches testing the technique of anyone who has tried to do the job.

But here, in compiling a second century in successive innings at Edgbaston, Yates demonstrated not only the patience and judgement which have been hallmarks of his contributions so far, but a range of shots that could keep bowlers up at night.

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