James Vince has taken over the captaincy role from Jimmy Adams at Hampshire in the County Championship.
The right-handed batsman takes on the job following a successful stint as Hampshire's captain in one-day cricket and a spell towards the end of last season after Adams decided to focus on his batting.
The Future for Vince
Vince made his England debut this year in the washed out One Day International against Ireland in May and has also captained England Lions, with future international honours expected to come his way in the next few years.
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The 24-year-old also signed a new contract to extend his time in Southampton until at least 2019, with his previous contract due to expire next year.
Vince reacted to the news saying: "I'm delighted to have this opportunity to become club captain - I really enjoyed the taste of it I had this year and I feel I've got much more to offer."
The future for Hampshire
Hampshire have a great pedigree in limited overs competitions recently, reaching T20 Finals day six consecutive times, but they only just escaped relegation to Division Two in the County Championship and as such retaining the likes of Vince, spinner Mason Crane and left-arm seamer Reece Topley (a new signing from Essex) is a key step to improvement for next year.
Hampshire chairman Rod Bansgrove outlined the reasons for the decision.
He said: "James has developed into a genuinely gifted and creative captain and has demonstrated a maturity well beyond his years".
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