It is not long since Yorkshire were worried about their Championship cricket being undermined by multiple England call-ups. There seems little danger of that happening now.
Tim Bresnan would be in contention were he not injured but Adil Rashid and Ajmal Shahzad have done little to advance their claims at Hove, where Sussex amassed 548 for five declared after Murray Goodwin trumped Luke Well's impressive 174 with 274 not out.
Rashid's figures of 0 for 187 from 35.4 overs were the most expensive of the young leg-spinner's career, while pace man Shahzad's one wicket cost 145. Yorkshire's only two wickets yesterday were run-outs.
Goodwin, the 38-year-old Zimbabwe-born batsman, hit 37 boundaries. Only Mark Ramprakash and Michael di Venuto among current Championship players have more career runs. Goodwin's 20,969 includes 65 centuries and nine double-hundreds. Yesterday's effort was only his third highest for Sussex, for whom he has two triple-hundreds.
Sussex introduced Wayne Parnell for the first time this season when Yorkshire batted. The Australian has arrived on the south coast earlier than planned because Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has returned to Pakistan for personal reasons. He had little chance to get into his stride, however, before bad light ended play soon after tea.
Rain disrupted the programme elsewhere with no play possible in three matches. But Kent were able to take a firm grip on their match with Leicestershire at Tunbridge Wells, where England off spinner James Tredwell took four wickets in a fine spell either side of tea.
It brought about a collapse from 124 for 1 to 161 for 6 before James Taylor, not for the first time, began to demonstrate the quality that so often puts him a class above those around him. Nonetheless, Leicestershire still trail by 239.Reuse content