Wicket-keeper Phil Mustard is to replace Will Smith as the captain of Durham with immediate effect after Smith and the club mutually agreed that he would stand down as skipper.
Smith led Durham to the 2009 County Championship having taken over from Dale Benkenstein but the team has suffered a slow start to the season, losing their first Championship game for nearly two years when they were beaten by an innings by Nottinghamshire in Trent Bridge.
“I am disappointed that things have not worked out as captain," Smith said in a statement.
"I will remain fully committed to ensuring that the club continue to prosper under Phil’s guidance. He will add great spirit and character to the role and it is fitting that a North East lad is entrusted with it.”
Head coach Geoff Cook added: “I’m delighted that Phil has accepted the role. This adjustment is an opportune time for us to kick start our season while at the same time giving Phil the chance to move his career up to the next stage.”
Mustard, 27, commented: “I’m honoured to have been offered the role of captain at the Club where I came up through the Academy and have spent the whole of my professional career. I’m confident that with the help and support of my senior, experienced, team mates we’ll go from strength to strength.”
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