Cook handed vice-captaincy role

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Essex Cricket has confirmed that seam bowler Sam Cook has been appointed as the club’s vice-captain ahead of the 2024 campaign.

The 26-year-old has made more than 130 appearances across all formats since making his debut in 2017, taking 252 red-ball and 67 white-ball wickets and becoming a firm favourite with the Chelmsford crowd.

(Picture courtesy of Kieran Galvin)

Speaking to, Cook enthused: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed as vice-captain. I grew up just down the road from the ground, and it’s meant so much to me to play here for as long as I have.

“I’m at a point in my career where I’m able to step up in terms of my position in the squad and assist Tom and the management where I can.
“I’ll be as motivated as ever to keep taking wickets for Essex, but hopefully I can now be a mentoring voice for some of the younger bowlers who are beginning to come through as well.”

Meanwhile, Club Captain, Tom Westley, said: “It’s great to appoint Sam as my vice-captain for the coming season. He’s an Essex boy, and I know how much the club means to him.

“He’s not only developed into one of the best seam bowlers in the country over recent seasons but he’s developed as a person.

“He’s a natural leader within our dressing room, as with many others. I have no doubt that he will have a positive impact in this role, and help to drive the club forward to win more trophies!”

Brian Jeeves