Dexter takes a break from Middlesex captaincy

Australian batsman Chris Rogers will take temporary charge of Middlesex when they take to the field at Lord’s against Durham on Thursday following Neil Dexter’s decision to temporarily stand down from the leadership.

Rogers has agreed to take over as temporary captain for the second time having led the county side for the final three games of the 2011 County Championship campaign while Dexter nursed a broken finger.

South African-born Dexter has started the season in poor form with the bat and is keen to nurture his own game before taking on the responsibilities of leadership again.

Managing director of cricket at Middlesex Angus Fraser said: “I applaud Neil for his selfless and honest behaviour. I selected Neil as captain because of the standards and values he holds, and he never lets you down.

“His captaincy during the thrilling three-run victory over Surrey was outstanding. It played a major role in turning potential sorrow into delight.

“He is, however, unhappy with his current form with the bat and believes extra time spent concentrating on this part of his game will help him return to his best the quickest, which is what we all want.

“Once Neil’s form returns, as it inevitably will, and he is happy with where he is at, the captaincy will return to him.”

Fraser added: “We’re fortunate to have a player of Chris Rogers’ standing as back-up. He captained the team very well at the end of the 2011 and is happy to stand in now to help the team’s cause.”

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