Marcus Trescothick is stepping down from the Captaincy of Somerset for the 2016 season. The ever-popular Tres has been Somerset skipper since 2010, when he replaced the outgoing Justin Langer, and the decision to step down has been mutually agreed with the Club following discussions since the end of the 2015 season.
Australian batsman Chris Rogers will take over the reins in the County Championship, and his fellow Aussie Jim Allenby, who skippered the Club in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015, will lead the team in all white ball cricket this coming season.
Marcus said: “I have loved being Captain of Somerset. It has been a tremendous privilege and honour to lead this great Club over many years but now is the right time for change. I will be giving Chris and Jim my unconditional support, as well as focusing on scoring as many runs as I can in the season ahead. I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and Members for their support during my tenure as the Club Captain.”
Matt Maynard, Director of Cricket at Somerset said: “Marcus has made an unbelievable contribution to the Club as its Captain over many years. I know I will be joined by all of our Members in thanking him for his unfailing commitment and dedication to leading the side. Marcus will now have an opportunity to focus all of his energies on his batting and we hope that stepping down from the Captaincy will extend his playing career in the seasons to come. ”
Andy Nash, Somerset CCC Chairman said: “Marcus has been an outstanding Captain having served the Club with passion, loyalty and commitment. He steps down from the captaincy with the same good grace and eloquence with which he inherited it. On behalf of everyone at Somerset County Cricket Club we salute his great achievements and look forward to his continued contribution both on and off the field”.
This is a move in the right direction for the Club. Tres has been a great servant for Somerset and can continue to be for a few more seasons if he is able to focus on scoring runs without unnecessary distractions.
Rogers is a man of great experience and all who know him say he is a big personality as well as a big talent too. He will have a positive effect on the dressing room I am sure. His remit will undoubtedly be to groom Somerset’s next captain with many pushing Tom Abell forward as a potential future leader of Somerset.
Allenby did well as captain in the 50-over format last season so good luck to him in both one day formats in 2016.
Matt Maynard was always going to do things his way and it is interesting that both captains in 2016 will be players he brought to the club.