Batsman Daryl Mitchell will take over as Worcestershire vice-captain next season following the departure of Gareth Batty to Surrey, the club has confirmed.
MItchell scored a career-best 298 against Somerset at Taunton towards the end of the 2009 season and in his career with Worcestershire, he has so far scored 2822 runs in first-class cricket with five centuries and 14 half-centuries, also contributing just under 1000 runs in other competitions.
Chief Executive, Mark Newton, said: "Daryl was the first graduate from the Club's Academy and soon established himself as a key member of the 1st XI in all forms of cricket. He is a true Worcestershire lad and his attitude epitomizes everything we want from our cricketers. We are delighted he has accepted the appointment and he will give valuable support on and off the field to Captain, Vikram Solanki."
Mitchell added: "To be offered the Vice Captaincy at this stage in my career is a great honour and one I am delighted to accept. The team is obviously going through a period of transition but we have some really good young players coming through. I am genuinely excited about the future and I look forward to working with Vikram over the years ahead."
Worcestershire were relegated to the LV County Championship Division Two last season and have since lost Steven Davies and Stephen Moore as well as Batty in the close season.
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