19th June, England v South Africa, 09:30 GMT
Northamptonshire have appointed Stephen Peters and Alex Wakely as their captains for the 2013 season. The duo will replace former South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall, who was appointed in 2010 but has resigned in order to concentrate on his own game.
Peters, who has been announced as the club’s beneficiary for the 2013 season, will take the reins for red-ball cricket, with Wakely, who skippered the side during their “difficult” 2012 t20 campaign, leading the limited-overs sides.
“We were looking for someone senior who is going to play all of the red-ball cricket and Stephen was the natural choice and it will fit him nicely,” said chief executive David Smith.
“He commands the respect of the dressing room, which is important, and his place in the team is secure.”
He added of the decision to go down the split captaincy route: “Alex has experience of doing the job in white-ball cricket and Stephen has been playing the game for a long time now. I don’t think it will cause any problems and they both understand the reasons behind it.
“Also, we feel that the trio of Rips (head coach David Ripley), Stephen and Alex will work well together.”
As for Hall, who played less than half of Northamptonshire’s games last season because of injury, Smith believes that he has a pivotal role to play in the next couple of years: “It’s critical that we get the best out of Andrew over the next two years,” he said.
“He has a huge amount to offer with the bat and ball and what he achieves is key for us. We want to get the balance right and he will be an important part of that.”
Hall took 36 wickets at an average of 25.5 for the club in all first-team cricket last season as well as averaging 21.19 with the bat. Peters averaged 35.83 and Wakely 34.62.
© Cricket World 2012
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