Madsen takes Derbyshire reins
Derbyshire have appointed Wayne Madsen as captain following the retirement of Luke Sutton.
Sutton, 35, brought an end to his professional career yesterday, after revealing he had sought treatment for depression and anxiety since the end of the season.
Derbyshire have therefore turned to Madsen, an integral member of their team in recent years, as their new leader.
The South African-born opening batsman, who qualifies for England in 2013, has already led Derbyshire in four List A matches and boasts 2,476 first-class runs for the club at an average of 35.88.
Madsen said: “I’m excited and extremely honoured to be handed the role. I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading an exciting young team into the new season.
“The squad has taken significant forward strides during the past year and the aim for the new season is to continue that progress into 2012.
“It will be a privilege to lead this group of players and I’m looking forward to working closely with (head coach) Karl Krikken as we strive to get the best out of our young and talented squad.”
Krikken added: “As an excellent leader within the squad and as a model professional, Wayne is the ideal candidate to take over captaincy duties.
“He proved to be a very popular stand-in captain in one-day cricket during the latter part of last season and I know he will do an excellent job in the position on a full-time basis.”