Bresnan - Gale can inspire
Tim Bresnan is hoping the appointment of Andrew Gale as Yorkshire captain will inspire the county towards silverware in 2010.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 08/04/10 10:14am
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan is hoping the appointment of Andrew Gale as Yorkshire captain will inspire the county towards some long-awaited silverware in 2010.
Gale has taken the reins at Headingley Carnegie following Anthony McGrath's decision to step down at the end of the 2009 campaign.
The left-handed batsman was also named captain of the England Lions on their winter tour to UAE - a clear indication that the England selectors have also noted his leadership qualities.
Yorkshire, a dominant force in county cricket in the 1960's, have failed to land the County Championship title since 2001.
But Bresnan, buoyed by Gale's appointment, is relishing the opportunity to put that right in the upcoming campaign.
Speaking exclusively to skysports.com, Bresnan said: "I think he (Gale) will be a fantastic leader. He's young, he's very talented, he led from the front last year with his runs and his attitude - the way he went about things.
"It can only be good to have a young captain with a young team around him. He has got no egos to control and we're all good friends, we grew up together.
"We can be serious when we want to be, we can joke around when we want to and that's what it's all about. We can shout each other down and if there's a problem it's aired instantly and I think it will be really good under Galey.
"I think we've got the balance pretty much spot on at Yorkshire. I'm particularly looking forward to playing this year."
The Tykes endured a disappointing 2009 season and narrowly avoided relegation from both Division One of the County Championship and the top flight of the Pro40 competition.
Yorkshire also came up well short in their bid for Friends Provident Trophy and Twenty20 Cup glory, leaving watching members disillusion with the on-field displays.
Despite the lack of silverware in recent years, Bresnan is adamant there is enough quality in the current squad to mount a serious challenge in all forms of the game this summer.
He said: "Over the last couple of years the first half of the season we have been contending for silverware. Then there is the break for the Twenty20 and we have pulled a different team into together and then we have not played well after that in Championship cricket.
"We couldn't quite put a finger on why that was, it certainly wasn't a fitness issue, it was definitely mental but I think we play a lot of cricket and it might be that.
"Hopefully this year we can nip that in the bud - but this year we want the County Championship and we want to be back on top where we belong."
Bresnan was one of a number of English players overlooked during bidding for the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Speaking on the missed opportunity to play in the multi-million pound tournament, he said: "I was approached by a couple of franchises that enquired as to whether I would be in the auction. I had a couple of calls and e-mails and I thought if they're going to ask, why not throw my name in the hat.
"The experience I would have gained from the IPL would have been massive, especially with the Twenty20 World Cup coming up. Anything I could have got out of that - playing alongside players from other countries with other cultures would have been fantastic for me.
"If given the chance I'd love to have done it, but I won't be losing any sleep over it."
Yorkshire and England star, Tim Bresnan, has recently unveiled the first group of elite cricketers from across Yorkshire to join the Yorkshire Bank Community Cricket Talent Programme. The programme aims to uncover up to 150 talented junior players by 2012. Financial support from Yorkshire Bank enables more sophisticated talent identification across the whole of Yorkshire.