Full name Andrew William Gale
Born November 28, 1983, Dewsbury, Yorkshire
Current age 31 years 148 days
Major teams England Lions, England Under-19s, Yorkshire, Yorkshire Cricket Board
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Heckmondwike Grammar
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Somerset at Scarborough, Jul 21-23, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Apr 19-22, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Aug 28, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|13||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||19 Apr 2015||FC|
|12, 71||Yorks 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Leeds||14 Apr 2015||Other|
|7, 32||Yorkshire||v Lds-Brd MCCU||Leeds||7 Apr 2015||FC|
|6||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|0||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||28 Aug 2014||LA|
|0||Yorkshire||v Hampshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|35||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Scarborough||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|-||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Scarborough||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|45||Yorkshire||v Essex||Scarborough||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|10||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
Andrew Gale, a stalwart Yorkshire left-handed batsman and highly-respected captain with a strong sense of White Rose traditions, achieved a cherished ambition when he led his beloved county to a Championship title in 2014 - their first for 13 years. Much to the consternation of supporters and team mates alike, his greatest achievement was tarnished when the ECB banned him from taking part in the official presentation at Trent Bridge because he was serving a two-match ban for dissent in the Roses match. An ongoing investigation into supposed racist abuse against Ashwell Prince, Lancashire's South African batsman, was later dropped after legal submissions.
Gale's international ambitions had waned by the time he led Yorkshire to the title, to the extent that when England's winter squads were named he was one of only three Yorkshire players overlooked, but his pride and determination, combined with a pugnacious captaincy style, represented much that was good in Yorkshire cricket.
Gale, born in Dewsbury, started out in league cricket at Gomersal as an eight-year-old but it is the Bradford League club Cleckheaton he regards as his home club. He came through the age groups with England, playing at Under-15 through to Under-19 levels. He captained the Under-19 team, and was named in the England Performance Squad for their trip to South Africa in 2009-10. That December, he was named as Yorkshire captain, replacing Anthony McGrath, so becoming the youngest professional captain in the county's history.
Yorkshire adopted a policy of sticking as far as possible to home-grown talent and Gale's determined leadership had a youthful team pushing for Championship honours in 2010. In the end they fell short, finishing third - seven points behind Champions Nottinghamshire - but he finished the season with 876 runs at 46.10.
He was able to maintain his own personal standards in 2011, in spite of a struggle that ended with Yorkshire's relegation to Division Two. His season ended early because of a broken arm, but in the 12 matches before that he scored 769 runs at 40.47, including an unbeaten 145 in defeat against Nottinghamshire at Headingley and one other century.
Gale's 2012 season was disrupted by a hip injury but he struggled for runs even when fit and his return of 487 from 15 first-class matches was his lowest since he became a first-team regular in 2008, with an average of just over 30. Balanced against that was a significant triumph for his captaincy as Yorkshire won promotion to Division One in the LV= Championship and qualified for the Champions League as runners-up in the Friends Life T20, to which Gale's own contribution included a 53-ball 70 against Leicestershire at Headingley in June in a county record T20 opening stand of 116 with Phil Jaques.
Another near miss in the Championship came in 2013 when Gale's Yorkshire led for long periods only to be overhauled by Durham. He struck a career-best first-class score of 272 in a Championship draw against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough on the way to passing 1,000 runs in a season in that competition for the first time. It was his first Championship hundred for more than two years. Scarborough again sustained him in 2014 - a season in which he briefly dropped himself to enable Joe Root to return from England duty to play for the county.
Gale is also the co-founder the Pro Cricket coaching academy, providing coaching across the Midlands and northern England, with Chris Taylor.
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