Paul Horton in the frame as vice captain November 14, 2007

Lancashire name Law as captain

Cricinfo staff

Stuart Law has taken over from Mark Chilton as Lancashire's captain for the 2008 season.

Law, 39, played one Test for Australia, but is now a British citizen. "It's a role that would excite me at this stage in my career," he said a few weeks ago. "I never came into county cricket aspiring to lead a side, but now all the reasons I said no to back then are not an issue."

Since joining from Essex in 2002, Law has become one of the Lancashire's most prolific run-scorers, amassing over 10,000 runs in all competitions - with a first-class career average of 51.33.

He remains the most successful captain in Australian domestic cricket, captaining Queensland to four Pura Cup titles and two one-day trophies - he is still Queensland's all-time leading run-scorer in first-class cricket.

Law recently signed a new 12-month contract with Lancashire, which will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2008 season. Paul Horton is being tipped to be Law's vice captain.