Proud Gale named as Yorkshire skipper

DEWSBURYBORN cricketer Andrew Gale has been confirmed Yorkshire County Cricket Club's new captain.

The 26yearold lefthander is Yorkshire's sixth captain in 10 years and takes over from Anthony McGrath, who stood down from the role on Monday to return to the ranks for the 2010 season.

Proud Gale, who returned to play for Cleckheaton last season after three years with Driffield, was named Yorkshire's player of the year in 2009, scoring 828 firstclass runs and 689 in limited overs matches.

Its something Ive always dreamed of doing and Im over the moon to get the job, he said. Im really looking foward to getting my teeth into it.

Apparently Im the youngest captain since the 1930s but Im quite a mature character and its a job I think I can do well.

Im a passionate Yorkshireman and I give it my all for the White Rose when Im out on the pitch.

A former England Under19 captain, the key batsman was an everpresent in the Yorkshire side which came third bottom of the County Championship Division One last season.

He started his cricket at eight years old at Gomersal Cricket Club in the Yorkshire Central League before moving to Cleckheaton Cricket Club, where he spent much of his career.

Although Yorkshire struggled last summer Gale's form earned him an England Lions debut against Australia in August and selection to the 'B category' of this winter's England Performance Programme.

He captained the EPP side to victory over Nashua Titans in the final match of their tour to South Africa, which ended last week.

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