Hampshire announce joint captaincy for 2017 season

James Vince will no longer captain Hampshire for County Championship matches.  Picture: Sarah Standing
James Vince will no longer captain Hampshire for County Championship matches. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Hampshire have announced that James Vince and George Bailey will share the club’s captaincy for the 2017 season.

Vince, who’s skippered the side since 2015, will continue to lead Hampshire in limited over matches.

But Australian international Bailey – who resigned this season – takes over as captain for County Championship games.

Giles White, Hampshire director of cricket, says the move will allow both players to focus on their own games whilst still contributing with their leadership skills.

White said: ‘We are fortunate to have two excellent captains within the squad and a split between the formats seems a sensible option for us.

‘James will captain the white ball teams and George the Championship side.

‘This will allow them to channel their focus in the different formats which should benefit the squad as it looks to compete across all formats.’

Bailey’s first competitive match as four-day skipper will Hampshire’s match at Essex on May 19.