Yorkshire: Andrew Gale says champions are comfortable with 'weight of expectation'

Andrew Gale (centre) has captained Yorkshire to back-to-back County Championship wins

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale says the team are "embracing the pressure" of attempting to win a third successive County Championship title.

The Headingley side are looking to emulate the feat they achieved between 1966 and 1968.

"I don't think we feel the weight of that because when you turn up and play for Yorkshire there is a weight of expectation anyway," Gale said.

"This year we will go in and give it our best shot."

He added: "The lads don't need any motivation - win three championships in a row and go down with the legends of Yorkshire cricket.

"We don't feel the pressure of that. The lads are embracing it."

This will be the last season that Division One of the County Championship will feature nine teams, with the top tier being reduced to eight counties in 2017, and Gale believes the change in format will be beneficial.

"I enjoy the 16-game (Championship) format but I am not against 14 games," he said.

"I think it will probably make for better cricket because teams will have their better players out playing longer with more rest around that, and Twenty20 is better in a block from a playing point of view."