Captaincy role is one which appeals to Ballance in the distant future

Yorkshire v Leeds and Bradford Universities, Headingley Carnegie tues 1st april 2014'A sunny day for the first day of cricket season  'Gary Ballance leads the team out 100373ab picture Steve Riding
Yorkshire v Leeds and Bradford Universities, Headingley Carnegie tues 1st april 2014'A sunny day for the first day of cricket season 'Gary Ballance leads the team out 100373ab picture Steve Riding
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GARY BALLANCE has revealed he has long-term ambitions of captaining Yorkshire.

The England batsman said he would like to do the job one day after deputising for injured club captain Andrew Gale.

Ballance led Yorkshire in their opening first-class game of the season against Leeds-Bradford MCCU while Gale recovered from a troublesome hip problem.

And the 24-year-old left-hander said he would happily do the job permanently if the Yorkshire management ever came calling.

“It was a great honour to captain Yorkshire in a first-class match and I was really proud to do it,” said Ballance, who has previously led the county in a one-day game as well as the Zimbabwe franchise Mid West Rhinos.

“Galey has done a fantastic job as captain over the last few years, so it’s not something I’m focusing on in any way, shape or form, but it’s something I’d like to do at some point in the future if the chance arose. Obviously, if Galey was ever unavailable for some reason, I’d happily help out again if asked to do so.

“But for now my focus is firmly on scoring as many runs as possible for the club.”

Yorkshire do not possess an official vice-captain.

They have not had one since Joe Sayers was appointed in 2012, a move that did not work out as the opening batsman lost his place.

The fact Yorkshire turned to Ballance against Leeds-Bradford reflects his increasing standing within the club. He says he thoroughly enjoyed the extra responsibility.

“I really enjoy the tactical side of the game,” he said.

“I find it very interesting and it’s good to put your ideas into practice. I’ve learned a lot from guys like Galey, who’s been an inspiration to me as Yorkshire captain.

“It was great to be given some extra responsibility.”