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Chapple backs Law move

Australian skipper could add more focus to Lancashire's title bid.

Chapple: Lancashire hopes

Lancashire seamer Glen Chapple has welcomed the appointment of Stuart Law as the club's new captain, saying he could make the Red Rose county more competitive in the coming season.

Australian Law has taken over from Mark Chilton after the opener resigned the captaincy after the end of last season.

Chapple says Law could bring a new spark of competitiveness to Old Trafford as Lancashire look to finally win back the County Championship.

"I am sure Stuey will walk into the role no problem," Chapple told the club's website. "The one big advantage he has is his form.

"He had another good year last season, as he tends to. His game won't necessarily suffer.

"He won't have any added pressure because he has done it all before. I think he will just take the job on with confidence, and I think he will probably bring a few new ideas to us.

"Stuey will play the game as he always does. The fact that he is captain may lead to different scenarios that happen.

"I am sure it will all be there to increase our competitiveness."

Grumpy

Law has already warned his men that he has been known as a grumpy captain at times, but Chapple says that he will be satisfied as long as everyone is pulling their weight.

"Every captain has his strengths and weaknesses," Chapple added. "I am sure Stuey will bring a few more positives - hopefully that will be the difference.

"If people are pulling their weight, and trying their best in general, then any captain will be happy with that.

"But any serious captain will not tolerate people not pulling their weight. That will be the same with him."

Frustration

Lancashire lost out on County Championship glory on a thrilling final day of the 2007 season, and after coming so close to finally ending their long search for the title, the squad are desperate to get going again.

Chapple says he and the rest of Lancashire's players are keen to get back into action as soon as possible after last year's frustration.

"With the way last season went, being so close, maybe not playing so much due to the weather, I think a lot of the lads were ready earlier than usual."

"You usually finish a season tired because of injuries and this, that and the other.

"Whereas this winter has been a case of having a month off and then wanting to get back into it."