Young captaincy duo will be good for Northamptonshire

Alex Wakely (left) and David Willey (right) - pictured with Lee Daggett last season - will lead Northamptonshire on the field in 2015
Alex Wakely (left) and David Willey (right) - pictured with Lee Daggett last season - will lead Northamptonshire on the field in 2015
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Northamptonshire will have a ‘good pairing’ in charge on the field next season according to head coach David Ripley.

The County today announced that Alex Wakely would take charge of the club captaincy next season taking over the reigns in four-day cricket from Stephen Peters.

He will be backed up by all-rounder David Willey who takes on the vice-captain’s role.

And Ripley believes the young duo will give the side fresh impetus as they look to bounce back from LV= County Championship relegation.

Given our relegation from the first division we decided it was time we looked at a longer-term view,” Ripley said.

“With Alex and David taking it on I think we have got a good pairing in charge.

“They are good friends and both of them have very good cricket brains.

“We have seen how well Alex has done in the one-day game as captain and now he is keen to develop his four-day captaincy.

“David might not have been everyone’s first choice for vice-captain as he wears his heart on his sleeve and hasn’t always got things right.

“But he talks a lot of sense when you discuss cricket with him and he is ready to bring a bit more to the table.

“I think the extra responsibility will see them both blossom.”