Steven Mullaney to lead Nottinghamshire in 2018 season

Steven Mullaney joined Nottinghamshire in 2010 and will replace Chris Read as the captain
Steven Mullaney joined Nottinghamshire in 2010 and will replace Chris Read as the captain
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Nottinghamshire have confirmed all-rounder Steven Mullaney as the new skipper following the retirement of Chris Read.

The 30-year-old made his professional cricket debut with Lancashire in 2006 and made a switch to Nottinghamshire in 2009.

Having moved to the opening role, Mullaney won Nottinghamshire player of the year award in 2013 and had occasionally captained the side previously.

A statement released by the English county club confirmed that Mullaney will lead the side in the County Championship and in the 50-over format and a decision on the captaincy for the T20 format will be taken in due course time.

“It’s a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be captain of such a great Club as Nottinghamshire, and one that has such a long and proud history and tradition,” said Mullaney.

“It’s an illustrious list of names that I am following in the footsteps of. Hopefully I can live up to the expectation of being Nottinghamshire captain and can deliver more trophies.

“It’s something I will give all of my energy to. If I can do half the job that my predecessor Chris Read has done for this Club in the last 10 years, then I’ll be a happy man.”

Mullaney had a successful outing in the 2017 season where he scored 620 runs and eight wickets from 11 County Championship matches while also averaging 63 in the eight Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.

Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell expressed delight on the news of Mullaney accepting the additional responsibility.

“I’m delighted that Steven has accepted our offer to be Club captain and believe he will do an excellent job,” said Newell.

“One of the key things for any captain is to have the respect of those players around him and he certainly has that with the performances he has produced since joining the Club.

“Should Dan Christian return as one of our overseas players for T20, as we hope he will, then he will captain that side, but Steven will lead us in the other two formats.”

Nottinghamshire gained a promotion from Division Two while also clinching the Royal London One-Day Cup and Natwest T20 titles in the previous season.

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