The appointment of Tom Abell as red-ball Captain of Somerset will come as no real surprise to those who have watched the Taunton born youngster progress through the County ranks.
The top order batsman has scored runs at every level he has played and broke all the records whilst at Taunton School. In 2012 he skippered the First XI and scored 1,156 runs at an average of 193. As a result of which he was named as Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year. He scored seven hundreds in 11 innings for the school in that season.
Tom played through the Somerset age groups and first appeared for the Second XI in 2010. He was named Second XI Player of the Year in 2013.
He graduated through the Academy and made his County Championship debut against Warwickshire at Taunton in 2014 when he scored 95 runs.
The following season he scored 726 First Class runs that included his then best 131 against Hampshire at Taunton and a then best 80 against Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Scarborough as a result of which he was named as the LV= Breakthrough Player of the Year.
In 2016 the young opener scored two Specsavers County Championship centuries including a new career best of 135 against Lancashire at Old Trafford and his maiden List A hundred.
In his new role Tom will be given maximum support by the Club’s senior professionals including Peter Trego, who made his senior debut back in 2000. The all rounder said: “ This is fantastic news and whilst it’s been good having overseas captains in the past, I think the Club really thrives and has a great identity when home grown players like Marcus and now Tom take over the captaincy. It’s a short term fix having an overseas guy for maybe one or two years but Tom is the guy who can captain this club for the next decade.”
“That is a great thing moving forward and we are all keen to get behind him and support him. He is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player and someone who I am looking forward to following. He’s got very pure intentions and is very passionate about the Club. I’m sure he will lead us in the right direction and do it with a lot of class.”