Captaincy a ‘natural fit’ for Peters

Stephen Peters will captain Northamptonshire in the County Championship in 2013.

Stephen Peters will captain Northamptonshire in the County Championship in 2013.

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Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith believes that Stephen Peters was the natural choice as club captain.

With Andrew Hall standing down from the role after two-and-a-half years at the helm, Peters has been appointed to the job - for four-day cricket only - with Alex Wakely assuming the vice-captaincy and leading the side in coloured clothing.

And Smith, who has now overseen a change in coach and captain in the 10 months he has been in the position, is comfortable with the decision that has been taken.

He said: ““We were looking for someone senior who is going to play all of the red ball cricket and Stephen was the natural choice and it will fit him nicely.

“He commands the respect of the dressing room, which is important, and his place in the team is secure.”

Split captaincy is nothing new with a number of international sides and counties going down this particular route and it is one that Smith thinks is right for the County.

He added: “We needed a change and we think this is the best way to go.

“Alex has experience of doing the job in white ball cricket and Stephen has been playing the game for a long time now.

“I don’t think it will cause any problems and they both understand the reasons behind it.

“Also, we feel that the trio of Rips (head coach David Ripley), Stephen and Alex will work well together.”

As for Hall, Smith believes that he has a pivotal role to play in the next couple of years.

“It’s critical that we get the best out of Andrew over the next two years,” he said.

“He has a huge amount to offer with the bat and ball and what he achieves is key for us.

“We want to get the balance right and he will be an important part of that.”