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Greg Smith replaces Chris Rogers as Derbyshire skipper

Chris Rogers
Rogers had captained the side since August 2008

Chris Rogers has become the sixth county captain to resign mid-season after stepping down at Derbyshire.

The 32-year-old Australian batsman's role has passed to all-rounder Greg Smith, who has already captained the Twenty20 side this summer.

Rogers said: "I had every intention of captaining until the end of the season.

"However, [head of cricket] John Morris and I both believe it is in the best interests of the club to give Greg this opportunity now."

Ironically, Rogers had taken on the captaincy role when Rikki Clarke resigned halfway through the 2008 season.

Smith told BBC Radio Derby: "It's something I have always wanted to do. I did it in the Twenty20 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

"I had the respect of the players so at least I have one tick in the box and now I need to get the best out of the team."

Rogers' decision continues a worrying trend that has seen Will Smith (Durham), Nicky Boje (Northants), Shaun Udal (Middlesex), Mark Pettini (Essex) and Vikram Solanki (Worcestershire) all relinquish their captaincy roles this summer.

Although Derbyshire are bottom of County Championship Division Two after winning just two of their first 12 games, Rogers has been their most prolific batsman with 989 runs at an average of 58.17.

Smith will skipper the team for the remainder of the season, starting with the Championship clash against Sussex at Horsham which gets under way on Wednesday.


Rogers said: "I will help him in any way I can and continue to act as a senior player and mentor for the younger players in our side as well as continuing to do my best for the team as a batsman."

Morris said: "Chris has done a great job as captain of the team for the past two years and I thank him for his efforts and dedication to the role.

"Having been vice-captain throughout the current season and experienced the captaincy during the Friends Provident t20 campaign, it is a natural progression that Greg now takes over as captain."

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see also
Smith named Derbys vice-skipper
27 Apr 10 |  Derbyshire
Rogers agrees Derbyshire return
22 Oct 09 |  Derbyshire
Rogers wins Derbys player award
21 Sep 09 |  Derbyshire
Rogers agrees to join Derbyshire
19 Dec 07 |  Derbyshire

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