County Championship preview

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy. It can only mean one thing - the cricket season has arrived. Our Sports Reporter Nick Hartley takes a look at how Glamorgan are shaping up ahead of the opening day of the County Championship.

Glamorgan's hopes for 2013

Glamorgan's Mark Wallace retains the captaincy of the Championship side for another season Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

After a disappointing 2012 Glamorgan are hoping 2013 will bring big improvements as the Welsh county look to build on their bottom half finishes in all forms of the game.

Wicketkeeper Mark Wallace retains the captaincy of the Championship side for another season but the reigns of the one-day side move to overseas batsman Marcus North.

Coach Mathew Mott has looked to strengthen his ranks over the winter, bringing in three new faces to join the same core squad who finished last term.

Perhaps the most significant signing of the season comes in the shape of former Zimbabwean test batsman Murray Goodwin from Sussex. The right-hander, who tasted Championship success with the south coast county during a 12-year stint, amassed over 24,000 runs in all forms of the game.

Mott is hoping his experience can add to Glamorgan’s push in both the long and short forms of the game, as well as helping to develop the club’s young pros.

Glamorgan have also refreshed their overseas line-up for 2013 with the addition of Australian qualified Dutchman Dirk Nannes to join one-day captain Marcus North. Nannes will feature later in the season in Glamorgan’s T20 line-up.

Australian quick Michael Hogan also arrives at the Swalec Stadium to add further strength to the bowling department, but his decision to revoke his Australian passport in favour of a British one means he will not count towards the county’s overseas quota.