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Shades of Lord Hawke

Posted on December 5, 2015 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Alex Lees has become Yorkshire's youngest captain since Lord Hawke, the most formidable figure in the county's history, upon being appointed to lead the side in one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

 

22, Lees will become Yorkshire's youngest-ever official limited-overs captain since the format was introduced in 1963. He is also the youngest-ever professional captain, Lord Hawke having no truck with anything as soiled as remuneration.

Although Yorkshire have won the Championship twice in succession under Andrew Gale, and have supplied a steady stream of cricketers to England's Test side in the process, their limited-overs cricket remains largely unproductive.

There is even a suggestion - most regularly heard in the south - that the good folk of Yorkshire remain a little too sober-minded for the high-risk shenanigans of T20 cricket.

At least he can be confident he takes over one of the most professional sides in English cricket. When Lord Hawke assumed control of Yorkshire, as their first amateur captain, it was said that he had taken over "a band of rogues and vagabonds".


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