SOUTH African-born batsman Wayne Madsen has been appointed captain of Derbyshire CCC following the shock retirement of Luke Sutton.
Madsen, 27, has made 39 first-class appearances since hitting the highest ever score by a Derbyshire debutant, 170 not out, against Gloucestershire in 2009. He has since compiled 2,476 first-class runs at an average of 35.88, including nine centuries.
The batsman has also become an integral member of the team in limited overs cricket and in 2011 averaged 43.45 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition with four half-centuries, plus a further three 50s during the Friends Life t20 campaign.
Madsen, who captained the side in four List A matches in 2011, said: “I’m excited and extremely honoured to be handed the role. I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading an exciting young team into the new season.
“The squad has taken significant forward strides during the past year and the aim for the new season is to continue that progress into 2012.
“It will be a privilege to lead this group of players and I’m looking forward to working closely with Karl Krikken as we strive to get the best out of our young and talented squad.”
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “As an excellent leader within the squad and as a model professional, Wayne is the ideal candidate to take over captaincy duties.
“He proved to be a very popular stand-in captain in one-day cricket during the latter part of last season and I know he will do an excellent job in the position on a full-time basis.”
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grand added: “My sincere congratulations to Wayne on this fully deserved honour. I’m sure all the club’s members, supporters, sponsors and partners join me in wishing him all the very best for the season ahead.”