FOLLOWING the announcement that Ryan ten Doescahte had stepped down, Essex County Cricket Club have confirmed that top-order batsman, Tom Westley, has been appointed as their new captain.
The Cambridge-born 30-year-old will skipper Essex in the County Championship and Royal London Cup, while Simon Harmer will remain in charge for the Eagles Vitality Blast campaign.
Speaking to www.essexcricket.org, Westley enthused: “It’s a real honour for me to be named Club Captain and it’s a challenge that I’m really looking forward to.
“I’ve been with the Club since I was 13 and I can’t really put into words how much this means to me. I’ve spent my whole career with Essex so it’s a really proud moment for me and my family.
“Ryan has done an outstanding job and deserves every bit of praise he gets. He’s been a fantastic Captain, a close friend and an excellent leader who I’ve learnt a lot from.
“We’ve been so successful as a Club under his guidance, and my main goal as Captain is to continue the great work he’s done, carry on winning games of cricket and ultimately bring more trophies to this great Club.”
Meanwhile, Head Coach, Anthony McGrath added: “As well as being an excellent cricketer, Tom is also a natural leader both in the dressing room and out on the field.
“He’s been Vice-Captain for a number of years and when he’s been asked to step up in Ryan’s absence, he’s always demonstrated his strong leadership qualities and has shown how important he is to this side.
“He’s come through the Essex Academy and has all the attributes to be a successful Captain. Going forward, he’ll have the likes of Ryan [ten Doeschate], Alastair [Cook] and Simon [Harmer] to lean on if needed and we’re all looking forward to seeing how things progress under his captaincy.”