Somerset have confirmed that former England international Marcus Trescothick will succeed departing Australian Justin Langer as the club's captain next season.
Trescothick, who has called time on his international career but continues to open the batting for Somerset, has led the side on a number of occasions when Langer has been unavailable but he will take over the role full-time from the 2010 season.
"Being made captain is a huge honour for me, particularly as I am Keynsham-born and have been associated with the club since my school days," Trescothick told the club's website (www.somersetcountycc.co.uk).
"I have been a player for 17 years and I believe the time is right for me to take on the role. I am really looking forward to the challenge."
Langer made the decision to leave Somerset earlier in the week and there has been some speculation that he is set to accept a role as player/coach at Middlesex.
Meanwhile, Somerset yesterday confirmed that they had offered a one-year contract to local league bowler James Hayman. The 22-year-old has been playing his cricket for Ashcott and Shapwick.
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