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The all-rounder will take charge of the side in four-day and 50-over cricket

Steven Mullaney has been appointed as Nottinghamshire’s new club captain.

The long-serving all-rounder will succeed Chris Read, who retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2017 season.

Mullaney, who will turn 31 on Sunday, will take charge of the team in County Championship and 50-over cricket after the appointment was approved by the club's general committee on Monday night. A decision on the T20 role will be made at a later date, according to Notts.

“It’s a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be captain of such a great Club as Nottinghamshire, and one that has such a long and proud history and tradition,” said Mullaney. 

“It’s an illustrious list of names that I am following in the footsteps of. Hopefully I can live up to the expectation of being Nottinghamshire captain and can deliver more trophies.

“It’s something I will give all of my energy to. If I can do half the job that my predecessor Chris Read has done for this Club in the last 10 years, then I’ll be a happy man.”

Steven Mullaney has been made Nottinghamshire club captain

In 2016, Mullaney topped the run-scoring charts for Notts in Championship cricket, hitting 1,009 runs at an average of 36.03, while also claiming 30 wickets across all three formats.

This summer, Mullaney was the club's County Championship Player of the Year after helping his team to promotion from Division Two with 620 runs and 25 wickets.

He scored another 378 runs and took eight wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup, which Notts won, and then hit 173 runs and claimed a further eight scalps in the successful T20 Blast campaign.

“I’m delighted that Steven has accepted our offer to be Club captain and believe he will do an excellent job,” said director of cricket Mike Newell.

“One of the key things for any captain is to have the respect of those players around him and he certainly has that with the performances he has produced since joining the Club. 

“Should Dan Christian return as one of our overseas players for T20, as we hope he will, then he will captain that side, but Steven will lead us in the other two formats.”

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