Monday 21 December 2009 

McGrath Stands Down As Yorkshire Skipper

McGrath Stands Down As Yorkshire Skipper
McGrath Stands Down As Yorkshire Skipper
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Anthony McGrath has confirmed that he is to stand down as Yorkshire captain for the 2010 season as he feels the pressures of the job affected his form in 209.

McGrath succeeded the retiring Darren Gough in 2009 and McGrath's successor is set to be announced on Tuesday 22nd September.

"It was a difficult decision to give up the Club captaincy," McGrath said in a statement posted on Yorkshire's home page (www.yorkshireccc.com).

"I always said that I knew exactly what it meant to be given such a prestigious job and I was really honoured to lead the side in 2009. I sat down with Martyn Moxon at the end of the summer and I came to the decision that the captaincy had affected my form in the latter part of the season. I therefore felt that it would be in the best interests of the team if I stood down and concentrated on scoring runs again.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Club who helped me during my time as skipper, particularly Martyn Moxon and the coaching team. I would also like to thank the members and supporters for their support.

“I am right behind the decision to appoint the player who will be unveiled on Tuesday as Yorkshire ’s new captain. He will bring a lot to the role and has my full support. As a senior figure in the side in 2010 I am there if he needs any advice or support.

“The side that is taking shape at Headingley Carnegie is particularly exciting. We have eleven players on various levels of England duty this winter and plenty of talent continues to come through our Academy. I really do think that there is an exciting future for the side and success is not too far away. I am really looking forward to playing a big part in making that success happen.”

A late charge ensured Yorkshire avoided relegation to the LV County Championship Division Two but they did not feature in the latter stages of any of the limited overs competitions in 2009, McGrath scoring 825 Championship runs at 33 and 109 Pro40 runs at 36.33.

He had previously captained Yorkshire in the 2003 season and was set to leave the county in 2007 before the return of Gough as captain and the signing of Jacques Rudolph, who is among the contenders to take over the captaincy role.

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