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    Abell named new Somerset captain

    Opening batsman will lead the side in four-day cricket while Jim Allenby remains as white ball skipper.

    Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Tom Abell and Jim Allenby as their captains for next season.

    Opening batsman Abell will lead the side in the Specsavers County Championship whilst Allenby will remain as captain in the NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

    “I feel hugely privileged and humbled to be made captain of Somerset County Cricket Club," said Abell.

    "To have the opportunity to play for Somerset was a dream for me so to captain the club is something incredibly special. To follow on from some of the previous captains of the club who are listed on the honours board in the pavilion is an incredible feeling and something that I don’t think will sink in for a while.

    "After such an exciting and successful 2016 campaign, I hope we can build on what we created and bring further success next season."

    “I feel hugely privileged and humbled to be made captain of Somerset County Cricket Club."

    Tom Abell

    Director of Cricket Matt Maynard says the 22-year-old was the stand-out candidate.

    “People will no doubt point out Tom’s age but that doesn’t come in to it,” he said.

    “Graeme Smith was captaining South Africa when he was 22. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough and Tom is certainly good enough. Anyone who has spent any time in his company knows that his knowledge and understanding of the game are outstanding. He has an old head on those young shoulders and he is held in very high regard by his teammates."

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