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My Cricket Inspiration...Andrew Gale on Ponting & Trescothick

Yorkshire's Andrew Gale says that his inspirations as cricketers were fellow batsmen Marcus Trescothick - who he ended up captaining against - and Ricky Ponting.

As a left-hander, Gale says he always looked up to Trescothick, who continues to plunder runs for Somerset in the County Championship, recently hitting a 63rd first-class century.

"Marcus Trescothick was someone I really looked up to at that stage when I was young," Gale, speaking at the Pro Coach Academy at Headingley, said.

"He was at the peak of his game, and I was a left-hander just like him."

In April 2010, Yorkshire hosted Somerset in an early-season County Championship clash and Gale, newly installed as the club's captain, walked out to toss the coin against Trescothick, which he recalls fondly.

"It was a little bit surreal when I tossed the coin with him as he was captain of Somerset as well!"

Gale would have the last laugh as despite he and Trescothick both scoring centuries, Yorkshire went on to win the match by six wickets.

His other choice as a player who inspired him was a former Somerset player who achieved greatness on the international stage - both as a batsman and captain.

"Ricky Ponting, as someone who has had the success that he has over a long period in international cricket, and also had success as a captain, was also someone I looked up to," Gale added.

Gale played twice against Ponting when the latter was at Somerset in 2004 although neither men were at the time captaining their respective sides.

Ponting played 559 times for Australia, scoring 27,368 runs in all three formats of the international game.

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