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Former England star Bresnan named Yorkshire vice-captain

Bresnan was back to his best last season Credit: PA

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has named their 2016 player-of-the-year Tim Bresnan as the club’s vice-captain.

Bresnan, 31, was offered the role by newly-appointed Club captain Gary Ballance with the pair looking to deliver silverware across all three formats at Headingley in 2017.

Bresnan will captain the side if Ballance gets an England recall Credit: PA

“I was surprised to be asked to be honest,” “Gary (Gary Ballance) phoned me and asked ‘I’ve got to ask you something mate, would you be vice-captain for me’ and I was like ‘yes, I’m over the moon’.

It was a bit of a shock because we haven’t really named one over the past few years. It just came out of the blue; I never even thought that Gaz would be having one.

It does make sense though if he gets called up for Internationals. I’m immensely proud and it will be great to work with him and Galey. I’ll just do whatever is required of me.

As such pretty much everyone in the team is in the senior leadership group. In the past five or six years we’ve just done it like a Chinese parliament.

We’ve basically just talked through what was going wrong and how we were going to improve as a collective and we’ve done everything as a group really.

There’s never been any sort of group that has sat down separately, we’ve always sat down as a whole to decide which direction we’re heading in.

– Tim Bresnan

Bresnan is currently Down Under and set to play in the climax to the Australian Big Bash competition, having replaced county colleague David Willey at the Perth Scorchers.

Bresnan is currently playing in the Big Bash down under Credit: PA

Despite all the excitement around Saturday’s final at The WACA, the all-rounder is immensely excited for the start of the domestic season with a new-look White Rose setup in early April.

He added: “I’m immensely excited for the new season. Whenever there’s change, some people are put off by it. Some people see change as a new challenge or chapter. I think that’s exactly what we’re going through and what we’ve got. Gaz is going to bring something a little bit different than what Andrew Gale did as captain, and Galey as a coach is going to bring something different than what Dizzy did. Change is a good thing as long as you’re all pulling in the same direction and singing from the same sheet.

I’m always excited to represent Yorkshire and excited to see what the future brings under the new regime, as it were.

It think it’s going to be really good and we’re going to play a positive brand of cricket as we have done, with Galey being immensely positive and Gary knowing exactly what’s expected of him to be able to succeed. I think we’ve got the right mix.

– Tim Bresnan