Thursday 8 March 2007 

Moxon Named As Tykes' Director Of Cricket

Yorkshire have announced the appointment of ex-captain Martyn Moxon as director of cricket.

He returns to Headingley after quitting from his role as head coach at Durham. Barnsley-born Moxon, who played for his home county from 1981-97, served as White Rose director of coaching after retiring from the first-class game but left for Durham in 2001. Yorkshire tried to entice the 46-year-old back three years ago but Moxon chose to remain with Durham.

He began his career with his Yorkshire before moving to Essex in 1996. He played for England in two one-day internationals in 2000. Moxon replaces previous director of cricket David Byas. He will largely concentrate on first-team affairs. His arrival should signal an end to Yorkshire's winter of turmoil as the new season approaches.

The club finally ended their prolonged search for a new captain when they announced the return of Darren Gough. Gough's return was followed by the concillation of all-rounder Anthony McGrath's long-running contract discord. Moxon impressed during his time at Durham, overseeing the county's promotion to the first division of the County Championship and keeping them there. As a player he scored 18,973 first-class runs in a career that included 10 Test matches. His top score for England was 99 against New Zealand in Auckland - an innings that should have been a century but three of his runs were credited as leg byes.