Scotland appoint new skipper after Wright departure April 6, 2007

Watson confirmed as Scotland captain

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Craig Wright tosses in his final match in charge © Getty Images

Ryan Watson has been confirmed as Scotland's new captain, in a widely anticipated move. He replaces Craig Wright who resigned last month when the team were knocked out of the World Cup in the early stages.

Watson, the top-order batsman, has played for Scotland since 1996 and admits Wright had left him with a hard act to follow. "It's a little bit daunting given the success the side has had over the past few years," he said, "but there will be some new cricketers coming through over time and it's about overseeing that change. I will try to pick up where Craig left off, bring in some of my own ideas and hopefully achieve the same level of success."

He's already had a taste of captaincy in the ultimate one-day tournament, leading the team against South Africa in the Caribbean last month when Wright had to return home for personal reasons. At the time Roddy Smith, Scotland Cricket's chief executive, said he was clearly the man for the job.

His next challenge will be to captain Scotland against the county sides in the Friends Provident Trophy, which will give him valuable experience ahead of the first Twenty20 World Cup later this year, where they will face India and Pakistan in the first round.