|Full name||Andrew William Gale|
28 November 1983 |
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Domestic team information|
|2001–present||Yorkshire (squad no. 26)|
|First-class debut||21 July 2004 Yorkshire v Somerset|
|Last First-class||11–14 Sep 2012 Yorkshire v Kent|
|List A debut||13 September 2001 Yorkshire v Gloucestershire|
|Last List A||22 August 2012 Yorkshire v Warwickshire|
|Source: , 11 May 2013|
Andrew William Gale (born 28 November 1983) is an English first-class cricketer, who plays for and captains Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He also co-owns Pro Coach Cricket Academy, with his business partner Chris Brice providing cricket coaching by professional cricketers, and has taken part in some commentary work for Sky Sports and Yorkshire Radio. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan.
Life and career
Born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Gale first played cricket for Gomersal Cricket Club when he was eight years old. He also played in the Yorkshire Central League. He later moved to Cleckheaton Cricket Club, hoping initially to become a footballer, before joining Driffield in the Yorkshire League. He played for England Youth teams from U15 to U19 level, and made his first-class debut as a left-handed batsman for Yorkshire in 2004. In nine first-class matches, up to the end of 2006, he scored 297 runs, with a best of 149 against Warwickshire in 2006, at an average of 18.56. In 2013 he scored over a thousand championship runs with a highest score of 272 against Notts at Scarborough, which is the highest ever first class score at the ground.
He became a more regular member of Yorkshire's one-day and Twenty20 sides, and played six one day internationals for England's Under 19s, captaining that team. In November 2007, he signed a new three-year contract with Yorkshire. In December 2009, Anthony McGrath resigned from his post as Yorkshire captain, with Gale being named as his replacement. He became the youngest captain of the county in the post-war era. In January 2014 Gale extended his contract with Yorkshire until 2016. In 2014 he became the first Yorkshire captain to lift the LV County Championship for 13 years.
He is married to Kate and they have two daughters, Ada and Beatrice. His brother-in-law is fellow Yorkshire cricketer Tim Bresnan.
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- "Yorkshire confirm Andrew Gale as new captain". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 December 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
- "Andrew Gale: Yorkshire captain signs new deal until 2016". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.