Former England batsman Rob Key has been named Kent captain for a seventh successive season – thus becoming the longest-serving captain currently playing on the county circuit.
Key, who took over the Kent job from David Fulton in 2006, is named skipper solely for 2012 and despite leading the county to a disappointing eighth place in Division Two last summer – Kent’s worst County Championship finish since 1995.
In confirming the news Key, 32, said: “It continues to be a great privilege to lead the club on the field.
“Now I have had my wrist operation, which seems to have gone well, I am determined that we work hard to ensure 2012 is as successful as possible. I look forward to working with all our players on the challenges that lie ahead.”
Key, who won 15 Test caps between 2002 and 2005, has scored 13,906 first-class runs for Kent at an average of 41.88. He has so far played 462 matches for the county in all competitions.
One of his first close-season jobs will be to help decide whether the experienced bowling trio of Azhar Mahmood, Robbie Joseph and Simon Cook are to be offered new contracts for next term.
Commenting on the appointment, Kent’s chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “I am delighted Rob has taken on the role for 2012. We continue to be ambitious in what we hope to achieve and having a captain as experienced as Rob to lead the team is very important.
“He continues to be committed to ensuring the future of Kent is as bright as possible, and his passion for the club’s success remains undimmed.”