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North takes on Glamorgan one-day captaincy
Glamorgan have handed the captaincy of their CB40 and T20 sides for 2013 to Marcus North, the former Australia international. Mark Wallace, Glamorgan's wicketkeeper, will continue to lead the club in Championship cricket.
Wallace, who took on the captaincy after Alviro Petersen opted not to return in 2012, also led Glamorgan in 40-over cricket last season, with Jim Allenby captaining in the Friends Life T20. North has now been given responsibility for both limited-overs formats, in what will be his second season with the county.
He led Perth Scorchers to the final of the inaugural Big Bash League in Australia at the start of the year, as well as during last month's Champions League, but stepped down as Western Australia captain at the end of October.
"I'm honoured to be recognised by the management and to be given the chance to captain Glamorgan in limited-overs formats," North said. "The facilities and resources in Cardiff are fantastic, so whilst last year was a tough campaign in such a wet summer, with key injuries to key players, there were times we played well and at other times we let ourselves down. To compete it's about showing consistency and you need to do that within a game plan and structure that plays to your strengths.
"My one-day record is pretty good, having captained Western Australia on and off for eight years, I'm sure the extra responsibility will bring the best out of me as leader and player."
Glamorgan finished sixth in Championship Division Two last year, although they were only five points off the bottom. In CB40 Group B they were sixth out of seven teams, above Scotland, and they finished fifth in their FLt20 group, having suffered five abandonments due to the poor weather that overshadowed the summer. Wallace, who has been awarded a benefit year for 2013, said he was "delighted" to continue as Championship captain and hoped Glamorgan could push for promotion again, as they did in 2010 when they finished third.
Glamorgan's head of elite performance, Matthew Mott, added: "Both Marcus and Mark have wide-ranging experience, so splitting the roles of captain between red- and white-ball cricket makes a lot of sense. These two guys working together is a great fit. It's a massive year for Mark, a benefit year does take up a lot of time, so there is a balance required, but Mark is ambitious about Championship cricket and that reflects our drive to get promoted.
"I would like to personally acknowledge 2012 player of the year, Jim Allenby, for his understanding during this change in leadership. Jim led the T20 campaign last year very well considering the conditions that we encountered. Jim does have great leadership attributes and captaincy ambitions and he is a key player for Glamorgan going forward."