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Westwood to skipper Warwickshire

Ian Westwood
Westwood will hope to score more runs in 2009 after a poor season

Darren Maddy has relinquished his role as Warwickshire captain and the club have appointed opening batsman Ian Westwood, 26, in his place.

Former England all-rounder Maddy, 34, took the role for two years and led them to promotion in the County Championship in the 2008 summer.

He said: "It has been fantastic but all good things have to come to an end.

"Now is an appropriate time to hand over the reins. I know Ian is keen to maintain the team's good progress."

Maddy was one of four England players to feature in the first season of the "rebel" Indian Cricket League in 2007, but he did not return to India for the recently-concluded second season of the ICL.

He played three Tests and eight one-day internationals between 1998 and 2000 without great success.

Westwood, a former Solihull Sixth Form College pupil, has a first-class average of 36.03 with six centuries to his name in 51 matches.

He had a poor 2008, however, scoring just 506 runs in the Championship at 29.76.

Westwood said: "It is a great honour and I am thoroughly excited. I had a taste of the captaincy when Darren was injured last year and am delighted to have been asked to take the role on full-time."

His best score in the Championship of 176, at Sophia Gardens in June, came when standing in for Maddy.

Director of cricket Ashley Giles said: "Darren has been and will remain a hugely important player in the future of Warwickshire cricket."

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