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Rudolph appointed Glamorgan captain for 2015

Jacques Rudolph has been named captain for Glamorgan for next season. Credit: Scott Heavey/EMPICS Sport

Jacques Rudolph has been appointed Glamorgan captain for the 2015 season replacing Mark Wallace. The South African scored almost 2,000 runs in the first XI this year winning the club's List A player of the year award and broke the Glamorgan List A record with an unbeaten 169 against the Sussex Sharks.

He leads from the front and has shown throughout his career, and in his first season at Glamorgan, that he is a true professional and role model for younger players.

Mark Wallace has done a fine job as Club Captain during the course of the past three years, demonstrating tremendous dedication and commitment to the role and he will continue to be a valued and experienced voice in the dressing room and on the field within a leadership capacity.

– Hugh Morris, Glamorgan chief executive

Glamorgan sign West Indies all-rounder Sammy

Glamorgan have signed West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy for the T20 season. He will join Glamorgan until the domestic twenty overs competition starts in the Caribbean.

Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket, Hugh Morris said: "Darren's skills with bat and ball have delighted crowds all around the world in Twenty20 competitions in recent years so we're delighted to welcome him to Glamorgan."


First Minister: Ashes opener 'fantastic news for Wales'

The First Minister has described news that the Ashes 2015 opener will be held in Cardiff as 'fantastic for Wales' - and says he hopes it will inspire a new generation to take up cricket.

We proved the critics wrong when we hosted the opening Test Match here in 2009 and are becoming renowned for our ability to successfully stage some of the highest profile events in the world.

Attracting major events not only boosts our international profile, but has clear benefits for our economy. The 2009 series alone is estimated to have brought in around £2.4million to Wales.

I'm sure cricket fans across Wales will be delighted by this news and I hope it will inspire a new generation of fans to take up the sport and get behind their local county cricket team.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

Glamorgan Cricket 'delighted' to host Ashes opener

Glamorgan Cricket's Chief Executive said the club is 'delighted' that its headquarters - the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff - will host the opening Ashes 2015 test.

It promises to be an exciting and hugely anticipated contest, as one the world's most renowned sporting rivalries resumes in Cardiff.

As in 2009, the Investec Ashes Series will be one of the major highlights of the sporting year, with huge crowds and superb action on the field. The iconic scenes of Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson's last wicket stand was one of the great memories of that Series and vital in the eventual outcome of the 2009 Ashes.

– Hugh Morris, Glamorgan Cricket Chief Executive

Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium confirmed for Ashes opener

Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium will host the Ashes opener Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

The Ashes 2015 will open at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, it has been confirmed.

The England & Wales Cricket Board today confirmed the full international programme for the summer of 2015 with tours by New Zealand and Australia.

The first Test will take place at the stadium on July 8.

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