Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Andrew Gale has announced he is to step down as captain of the A-list and T20 sides.
The 31-year-old, who has missed the last three Royal London One-Day Cup matches for the Vikings because of a wrist injury, will continue as First-class captain of the County Champions and will make himself available for selection for all other cricket as a batsman going forward.
Yorkshire, in the short-term, have handed the limited overs captaincy to Alex Lees before deciding on a long-term successor.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale intends to restore Joe Root to the head of the innings this summer after claiming England denied him a "fair run" as an opener.
Root has batted at every position in the top seven during his 15 games as a Test player, but has spent the majority of his county career as an opener.
He took that role during last summer's home Ashes but was moved to six and then three in the return series this winter, before being surprisingly dropped for the final match of the 5-0 whitewash.
Root will join the majority of his England colleagues in returning to county cricket early next season and Gale has promised to let him make his case against the new ball.
Yorkshire will be better served than most by the likely availability of England players at the start of the 2014 campaign, with Root, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan all looking to put their winter experiences behind them.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon does not appear to be in the race to replace Andy Flower as boss of the national side.
Moxon is one of the best respected coaches on the domestic circuit and had been touted as a possible candidate as England's new team director, but is content with the White Rose.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale looks ahead to the new county cricket season, which starts with a Championship match against Sussex on April 10 at Headingley.
Yorkshire cricket captain Andrew Gale will be joining in the fun at a magical Winter Wonderland weekend being hosted by a Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre in North Leeds.
The Leeds centre of The Donkey Sanctuary in Eccup, is inviting people to come along to its Winter Wonderland weekend until 2pm this afternoon. Sporting celebrity Andrew Gale, who has adopted the centre's therapy donkey Billy O, will be at the centre today to meet visitors.
Children will be able to enjoy sleigh and donkey rides and meet Santa in a superb grotto.