27-year-old all-rounder Greg Smith has been handed the vice-captaincy by Derbyshire County Cricket Club, where is now in his fifth year at the County Ground.
Smith captained the side during their pre-season tour of Barbados when Chris Rogers was unavailable and he has now been permanently appointed as Rogers' reserve.
Smith debuted for Derbyshire in 2006, scored his maiden first-class century in 2008, scored 977 first-class runs in 2009 and has started this season in good form, scoring a career-best 165 not out against Glamorgan, which earned him the Cricket World County Player Of The Week award.
He bowls seam and spin when called upon and was capped by Derbyshire in September 2009.
“Greg demonstrated aptitude and flair as a leader during his time captaining the side in the Caribbean and the vice-captaincy is his just reward," Head of Cricket John Morris said.
“He is also an excellent example to his fellow players having worked hard on all aspects of his game to become the multi-dimensional and pivotal figure we now enjoy having in our team.
“Greg now has all the necessary experience to excel in this role as well as the ability to continue setting the standard for his team mates with bat, ball and in the field.”
Smith added: “To be named as Vice Captain of a side containing so many excellent players and professionals is a real honour and I’m going to enjoy the responsibility.
“I would love to be considered as a future captain of the Club and I hope this experience stands me in good stead to one day achieve that ambition.”
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