Somerset County Cricket Club have announced that Marcus Trescothick is stepping down from the Captaincy for the 2016 season.
Marcus has Captained Somerset since 2010 and the decision to step down has been mutually agreed with the Club following discussions over the winter months.
Australian Test batsman Chris Rogers will take over the reins in the County Championship whilst Jim Allenby, who skippered the Club in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015, will lead the team in all white ball cricket this coming season.
Following the announcement Marcus said: “I have loved being Captain of Somerset. It has been a tremendous privilege and honour to lead this great Club over many years but now is the right time for change. I will be giving Chris and Jim my unconditional support, as well as focusing on scoring as many runs as I can in the season ahead. I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and Members for their support during my tenure as the Club Captain.
Matt Maynard, Director of Cricket at Somerset said: “Marcus has made an unbelievable contribution to the Club as its Captain over many years. I know I will be joined by all of our Members in thanking him for his unfailing commitment and dedication to leading the side. Marcus will now have an opportunity to focus all of his energies on his batting and we hope that stepping down from the Captaincy will extend his playing career in the seasons to come. ”
Andy Nash, Somerset CCC Chairman said: “Marcus has been an outstanding Captain having served the Club with passion, loyalty and commitment. He steps down from the captaincy with the same good grace and eloquence with which he inherited it. On behalf of everyone at Somerset County Cricket Club we salute his great achievements and look forward to his continued contribution both on and off the field”.