Batsman Andrew Gale has been confirmed as Yorkshire new captain, taking over from Anthony McGrath, who stood down earlier in the week.
26-year-old Gale becomes the 33rd man to captain Yorkshire and he comes into the role on the back of good form, scoring over 1600 runs in all competitions in 2009.
He has captaincy experience with England Under-15s, England Under-19s and the England Performance Programme side and his vice-captain will be Jacques Rudolph.
“It’s a very proud day and a job I’ve always dreamed of doing," Gale told White Rose TV.
" Ever since I pulled a Yorkshire shirt on aged 10 I’ve dreamed of being Yorkshire captain. You don’t think twice about accepting a job like this and you only have to look at the great names that have done the job before me. When Martyn asked me I was over the moon and I’m really excited about leading the team in 2010.”
Martyn Moxon, YCCC’s Director of Professional Cricket at Yorkshire told the club's homepage (www.yorkshireccc.com): “I’m very pleased with our decision to appoint Andrew as captain. He is a talented cricketer with a good cricket brain and is extremely enthusiastic to do well.
"We will have a young side in 2010 and a young captain at the helm - together they have the opportunity to gel as a team and really push this Club forward over the next few years. While we cannot guarantee instant success I believe we are developing a squad that will serve the county well in the future. I look forward to working with Andrew and wish him every success in his new role.”
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