County news November 22, 2010

Troughton named Warwickshire captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jim Troughton has been appointed as Warwickshire's new captain following the resignation of Ian Westwood last week.

Troughton, 31, played six one-day internationals for England in 2003 and has been at Edgbaston his entire career, making his first-class debut in 2001. Crucially he belongs in Warwickshire's best XI for all formats of the game, something his predecessor did not and hastened Westwood's decision to step down.

Though part of the team that won the CB40 title last season Troughton struggled, like most of the Warwickshire top order, in the Championship, making 585 runs at 20.17 in 2010.

He faces a challenge ensuring Warwickshire have better results in four-day cricket next season is eagerly anticipating the task. "It is a real honour for me to be asked to take over as Warwickshire captain and I look forward to continuing the great work started by Ian Westwood," said Troughton.

"Warwickshire cricket is in my blood and I will be working hard to uphold the great traditions of this club. I had a taste of the captaincy last season in the latter stages of the Twenty20 campaign, and I am thrilled to be taking on the position across all forms of the game."

Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles feels Troughton's experience at the club will stand him in good stead as the team looks to improve its fortunes.

"We are delighted that Jim has agreed to take on this important position and I have every confidence that his experience and maturity will make the transition a smooth one," said Giles.

"Jim is Warwickshire 'through and through', is one of our home-grown talents, and for the past two seasons has been a key member of the squad in all forms of the game. I am looking forward to working with him during the crucial winter preparation period as well as the coming seasons."