Kent Cricket have re-appointed Rob Key as their captain for the 2015 campaign.
Key said: “I am delighted to be re-appointed Kent captain for 2015. It is an honour to lead the club at such an exciting time on and off the field.
“The young lads coming through our Academy are playing an increasing role and it’s great to see Kentish guys Adam Riley and Sam Billings get England recognition this winter and I hope there’s a few more in contention in our dressing room.”
The 35-year-old made his Kent first-class debut in 1998 after helping England win the Under-19 World Cup.
He was appointed captain in 2006 and led the county to a Twenty20 Cup triumph at Edgbaston in 2008.
After seven years as skipper, the opener stood down in 2012 to allow James Tredwell to take over for a season before returning to the role in 2014.
In 2014, Key was Kent’s top-scorer in the Natwest T20 Blast with 384 runs at an average of 34.91 and a strike rate of 152.99. He continues to be one of the most highly regarded captains in domestic cricket.
Chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “Rob is a stand-out captain both for Kent and in comparison to his peers at other counties. 2014 has shown the potential of our talented, largely home-grown squad.
“I know Rob is keen that the potential is developed to a higher level in 2015 and there was unanimity in the decision to ask him to lead that development.
“He captains as a true Club Captain, is very aware of all aspects of the club and conscious of a rising expectation from all who follow Kent, having seen the possibilities in 2014.”
Unlike many counties, the captaincy is appointed on a season-by-season basis and both the club's cricket and general committee's endorsed the decision for Rob to continue in the role.
FIRST CLASS RECORD
286 matches, 493 innings, 18,461 runs, average 40.48, top score 270 not out, 52 centuries, 71 x 50s.
LIST A RECORD
225 matches, 218 innings, 6,469 runs, average 32.18, top score 144 not out, 8 centuries, 37 x 50s.
98 matches, 98 innings, 2,239 runs, average 25.73 at 124.59 runs per 100 balls, 13 x 50s.
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