Glamorgan ponder identity of Petersen’s successor

Glamorgan are getting ready to decide who will take over as captain at the end of the season from out-going skipper Alviro Petersen.

Earlier in the summer it looked as if it was set to be a straight choice between Jim Allenby, the all rounder, and Mark Wallace, the wicketkeeper.

But it seems that the county’s new overseas star, the Australian Marcus North, who has signed a two-year contract, has made it a three-way selection headache for coach Matthew Mott and Colin Metson, Glamorgan’s managing director of cricket.

Though both Allenby and Wallace have their undoubted qualities, North’s Test experience – he has played 21 Tests as well as playing at five other counties: Derbyshire, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Lancashire – could make him the favourite to captain the Welshmen.

Petersen had been signed for a year as captain meaning that Glamorgan will be appointing their third skipper in as many years.

On the surface Petersen might not have had the best season as captain but after scoring a career-best 144 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Lancashire at Colwyn Bay he is on the cusp of making it 2,000 runs in all competitions.

Currently the South African has scored 1,855 runs in first-class and one-day cricket. If he makes it he would be the 18th batsman in the club’s history to aggregate over 2,000 runs in a season. In fact Mark Cosgrove achieved it in 2010 but was only retained for t20 matches this season.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old medium pacer Aneurin Norman is in line to make his Glamorgan debut in their CB40 clash against the unicorns at Wormsley on Bank Holiday Monday after a string of impressive Second XI performances.

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