Mullaney appointed Notts club captain
Steven Mullaney has been appointed as Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s new Club Captain.
The long-serving all-rounder will succeed Chris Read, who retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2017 season.
Mullaney, 31 on Sunday, will serve as skipper in four-day and 50-over cricket, with a decision to be made at a later date on the T20 captaincy.
The appointment was recommended by Director of Cricket Mick Newell and Head Coach Peter Moores and approved at a meeting of the club’s General Committee on Monday night.
“It’s a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be captain of such a great club as Nottinghamshire, and one that has such a long and proud history and tradition,” said Mullaney.
“It’s an illustrious list of names that I am following in the footsteps of. Hopefully I can live up to the expectation of being Nottinghamshire captain and can deliver more trophies.
“It’s something I will give all of my energy to. If I can do half the job that my predecessor Chris Read has done for this Club in the last 10 years, then I’ll be a happy man.”
Mullaney’s elevation to captain comes after two impressive seasons at Trent Bridge that have been among his best since first joining the club from Lancashire for the start of the 2010 season.
In 2016, the Warrington-born player topped the run-scoring charts for the club in Specsavers County Championship cricket, hitting 1,009 runs at an average of 36.03, with three centuries, while also claiming 30 wickets across all three formats.
This summer, Mullaney was the club’s Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year as he helped the team earn promotion from Division Two with 620 runs and 25 wickets, despite missing the first three games of the season through injury.
He scored another 378 runs and took eight wickets in the victorious Royal London One-Day Cup final campaign and then hit 173 runs and claimed a further eight scalps as a white ball double was sealed with a club-first NatWest T20 Finals Day success.
“I’m delighted that Steven has accepted our offer to be club captain and believe he will do an excellent job,” said Newell.
“One of the key things for any captain is to have the respect of those players around him and he certainly has that with the performances he has produced since joining the club.
“Should Dan Christian return as one of our overseas players for T20, as we hope he will, then he will captain that side, but Steven will lead us in the other two formats.”
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