Van Jaarsveld hands Kent vice-captaincy to Jones

Kent’s South African-born batsman Martin van Jaarsveld has relinquished the county vice-captaincy for the remainder of the 2011 season.

The 37-year-old, who joined the Spitfires in 2005, having impressed in his sole season with Northamptonshire, says he is giving up the role in a bid to improve his batting form.

Having posted 1,000-plus first-class runs in each of his six seasons with Kent, the right-hander has struggled this season and has yet to post his first County Championship century.

Though he has at times performed impressively in one-day cricket, his aggregate of 717 first-class runs at an average of 29.98 bears testament to van Jaarsveld’s worrisome run with the bat.

In announcing his decision, he said: “I want to concentrate on my batting, it’s really as simple as that. I have enjoyed captaining the side in Rob Key’s absence, but I would like to focus on scoring runs from now. I remain totally committed to Kent and hope we continue to finish the season well.”

The vice-captaincy role is now handed to former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones who, coincidentally, will lead the side in their Clydesdale Bank 40 clash with Sussex at Hove on Tuesday August 23, where Key takes a rest. 

Jones said: “I am delighted to take on the role and consider it a great honour. I very much look forward to assisting ‘Keysie’ in leading the side.”

*Kent’s 50-over floodlit match against the Indians at Canterbury on Friday August 26 is a 7,000 sell-out.

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