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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Honour to captain Yorkshire, says Lehmann

Published: Monday, November 12, 2001, 23:57 [IST]
 
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Adelaide: Australian Darren Lehmann says it is an honour to become the first foreign captain of English county cricket champions Yorkshire. South Australian skipper Lehmann confirmed on Monday he had been appointed to take over from David Byas, who retired at the end of last season.[an error occurred while processing this directive]But, the 31-year-old left-handed batsman said he would not be in the job for more than one or two seasons and would be happy to stand aside for a younger player. "I'll enjoy it, it's good fun and a good opportunity," Lehmann said here on Monday."I suppose it's an honour to be the first non-Yorkshireman to captain Yorkshire, but it's only a temporary post. If someone wants to take the job, a younger bloke can take it for four or five years, so I'll only do it for a year or two but I'm looking forward to the challenge."Lehmann said he did not anticipate any problems with traditionalists opposing the appointment of a foreigner to the captaincy for the first time. "No problems there, I get on well with all the players, the fans seem to enjoy my company so it should be fine," he said.Yorkshire and England fast bowling great Fred Trueman has welcomed moves to make Lehmann Yorkshire's new captain.Trueman, a member of the last Yorkshire side to win the county championship back in 1968, said last week, "He (Lehmann) is very highly respected by all the players."The fact that he is Australian does not worry me. After all, Jamie Cox (who captains Tasmania) is the Somerset captain and they had a good season winning the Trophy (English cricket's premier One-day competition)."Lehmann, who has played five Tests for Australia, is due to be officially confirmed as the new Yorkshire captain at a committee meeting on November 28.

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