Notts Outlaws have handed Australian all-rounder Dan Christian captaincy of their NatWest T20 Blast side this season.
The 32-year-old, the Outlaws’ overseas player in white-ball cricket this term, has been afforded the opportunity to lead the Twenty20 side after England batsman James Taylor relinquished the role due to his likely international commitments.
Christian will bring a wealth of experience to the role having represented Australia 34 times and also played in the Big Bash League and Indian Premier League.
“Dan brings a great deal of knowledge of how to be successful in T20 cricket, having played it all over the world for a number of years,” said Notts director of cricket Mick Newell.
“He has leadership experience and it will be good to have a T20 captain who can very much focus on that form of the game.
“He’s going to be a key player for us in both white-ball formats and we know he sets a very good example with the way he goes about his cricket.”
On Taylor standing down, Newell added: “Having recently got back into the Test side, and being around England’s team full time in 50-over cricket, it’s right that James focuses on his own game this year.
“Clashes between our one-day fixtures and the international schedule make it unlikely that he’ll be able to play a major part in our season, so it would be difficult for him to captain on the occasions when he does feature for us.
“Since taking on the captaincy in 2014, James has shown himself to be a tactically sound captain, and one that has responded to the extra responsibility with a better level of performance with the bat.
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“In future seasons, if the schedule is more kind to us, I can certainly envisage him slotting back into the role.”
While Christian takes over as Blast skipper, veteran wicketkeeper Chris Read will now lead Nottinghamshire in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and Specsavers County Championship.
Read, a 37-year-old former England international, has led Notts’ four-day side since 2008.
“Chris is our club captain and, knowing the commitments James has, he’s happy to take the 50-over role back,” added Newell.
“He is an established member of the team across all formats, so it makes sense for him to lead us again in that competition as well as the red-ball game.”