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McGrath wants to lead Yorks

All-rounder is relishing chance to lead county for a second time

McGrath: Ready to lead

Yorkshire all-rounder Anthony McGrath says he is finally ready for a second shot as captain.

The 32-year-old endured a tough time at the helm in 2003 as Yorkshire finished fourth in the second division of the County Championship and were relegated from the National League.

But that season also saw him called up to the England squad, and he believes that without the distraction of international concerns, he is in a much better position to lead the county.

"I've done it (the job) before, albeit for a year when I was younger, and I said when I gave it up last time it's something I'd like to do again," McGrath told The Yorkshire Post.

Success

"If the club decides I'm going to be captain, I'd do the job and try and make a good fist of it and, hopefully bring some silverware to the club.

"I've been vice-captain for two years now and captain on a number of occasions.

"As you get older, you gain more experience and you can balance the two - captaincy and playing, combining your own performances with making decisions for the team."

McGrath is thought to be facing competition from South African Kolpakker Jacques Rudolph for the role, but if he is given the nod it will complete a remarkable circle of events.

Just two years ago, he was on the verge of walking away from the club after turning down the captaincy.

But Darren Gough's return persuaded him to stay, and he has spent the last two seasons filling in for the now-retired Gough as his number two.