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Full name David Byas
Born August 26, 1963, Middledale, Kilham, Yorkshire
Current age 51 years 213 days
Major teams Lancashire, Yorkshire
Nickname Billy, Bingo
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Scarborough College
|First-class span||1986 - 2002|
|List A span||1985 - 2002|
Straight-talking and uncompromising, David Byas was a professional farmer whose hobby just happened to be cricket. It was a mindset that allowed him to rise above the back-biting and in-fighting that characterised the Yorkshire dressing-room in the 1980s and `90s. After a decade's service as a robust opening batsman, he was appointed captain in 1996, and will forever be remembered as the captain who, in 2001, delivered Yorkshire their first County Championship title for 33 years. It ought to have been his crowning glory, but instead he was driven into an early retirement as the politicking of the Yorkshire committee eventually caught up with him. He was so incensed by his marginalisation that he did the unthinkable, and defected across the Pennines to join Lancashire for the 2002 season. He couldn't stay away from Yorkshire for long, however, and returned to Headingley in 2004 as their new head coach. The internal politics forced him out of a job in 2006, however, when Yorkshire lured Chris Adams to become their captain and director of cricket - only for Adams to perform a u-turn and turn down the opportunity. Byas left the club the following January, by mutual consent, ending a 20-year association.
Cricinfo staff January 2007
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.