|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
January 30, 2008
David Sales has stepped down as Northamptonshire's captain for the forthcoming season after four years in charge.
Sales took over in 2004 from Mike Hussey but Northamptonshire were immediately relegated to the second division of the County Championship. And in spite of his encouraging form - he hit 1384 runs, averaging over 55 last season - he feels it's time the club gave someone else a chance.
"It was a difficult decision to make as I have enjoyed enormously my time as captain," Sales said, "but I feel the time is right to provide the opportunity for the club to choose someone else to have the privilege of leading the side.
"Of course I will give whoever is selected my full support and I am looking forward to the new season and helping the club towards challenging in all competitions."
Northants' board will decide on Sales's replacement at their next meeting.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries
The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams
Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin
Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen
Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing
The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year
The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot