Libby takes on Pears role

28 April 2021 22:03:47 GMTPlus10

Opening batsman Jake Libby has been appointed as Worcestershire vice-captain for the remainder of the County Championship campaign.

Libby, who joined the New Road outfit in 2019, has been rewarded for his fine performances with the bat and the way in which he has integrated himself into the set-up since moving from Nottinghamshire.

He has been such an outstanding player already for us in such a short space of time.

Alex Gidman

And the impression he has made off the pitch prompted club captain Joe Leach to offer the role to the free-scoring batsman.

Head coach Alex Gidman told the county's official website: "Jake was asked by Joe (Leach) to be the red-ball vice-captain for this season.

"Jake is a very well respected member of the group already and we believe he has got that skill-set that he can stand in if Joe needs to miss a game.

"He has been such an outstanding player already for us in such a short space of time and has become an integral part of the group on and off the pitch."

Gidman added: "I am genuinely pleased for him. Moving clubs is a tough decision for anyone to make, whether through a career decision or a life decision. To make that decision is courageous in the first place and he is getting his rewards.

"It's a decision for this season and we will see how it evolves.

"He has settled in very well, is a wise, wise young man and we believe he is more than capable of doing that role if and when required."

Worcs are in Group 1 of the County Championship and are 1212/1 to win that section, with Warwickshire 23/20 and Essex 11/1.

Worcestershire are a 1212/1 shot to win the County Championship overall.

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