Wallace to lead Glamorgan on pre-season tour

Glamorgan’s vice-captain Mark Wallace has been handed the captaincy for their 12-day pre-season tour to South Africa.

Wallace will be skipper until new signing and 2011 captain, Alviro Petersen, joins the team officially on March 28, though he will be spending six days with the squad while they are in South Africa.

“I’m delighted to be able to lead the team on this tour,” said Wallace. “The whole staff and playing squad are looking forward to getting out there and playing cricket.

“It’s been a long winter period and we’ve all been training extremely hard, and it’s time to put everything into practise. The boys are in good spirits and are itching for the season to start so they can get on with the job in hand.”

Glamorgan will head to South Africa under the guidance of bowling coach Steve Watkin who has been acting head coach during the winter before the arrival of new head coach Matthew Mott, who takes over from Matthew Maynard who resigned in November.

“It’s been a tough winter and the guys have really dug in and put in the ground work, so hopefully they’ll see that hard work pay off,” said Watkin.

Glamorgan have arranged three one-day games against Uganda (March 18), the North West Cricket Union (March 21) and a North West Invitational XI (March 23).

All members of the club’s playing staff will be taking part in the tour, except for James Harris, who will still be in the West Indies with the England Lions, Jim Allenby, who is recovering from surgery, and David Harrison who is injured.

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