Wednesday 15 October 2008 

Anthony McGrath To Captain Yorkshire In 2009

All-rounder Anthony McGrath has been named as the Yorkshire captain for the 2009 season.

McGrath, also due a benefit in 2009, will take over the reigns following Darren Gough's retirement. Gough captained the side following his return from Essex in 2007, leading the side to promotion from the NatWest Pro40 Division Two last year.

McGrath played four Tests and 14 One Day Internationals for England and has captained Yorkshire on a number of occasions, notably for much of the 2003 season and the latter part of this season when Gough was unavailable.

McGrath, said: "I realise it is a massive honour to be named as captain of Yorkshire with the size and tradition of the Club. It is one of the biggest honours in cricket in my opinion and it comes with a lot of responsibility on the field and as a role model.

"Being vice-captain for two years has meant that I’ve captained the side on a few occasions and I’m just glad the Club have given me the chance to take up the role on a full-time basis. It is something I’m delighted with and very much looking forward to."

Newly-appointed vice-captain Jacques Rudolph said: "It is an honour to be named as vice-captain of Yorkshire. I’ve played for two seasons at the Club and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Yorkshire, where I’ve been made to feel so welcome.

"I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2009, where I will give Anthony all the support I can in what I hope will be a very successful season for the county."

Martyn Moxon, Director of Professional Cricket, said: "Anthony is a tremendous cricketer and brings a huge amount of experience, knowledge and determination to the role of Yorkshire captain. He has a quiet authority, although he can be strong when required, he has a great desire to do the job and is passionate about Yorkshire cricket and its values.

"He's well respected and has handled the team extremely well when he has been captain this season. I am looking forward to working with him next season and wish him every success."

© Cricket World 2008