Somerset County Cricket on Thursday, February 10, that Tom Abell has been appointed as the T20 captain of the club for 2022 as Lewis Gregory steps down from the position.
The 27-year-old takes over from Lewis Gregory, who led Somerset in the Vitality Blast with distinction in recent years, leading them to the final in 2021, when they were defeated by Kent. Abell, who is currently the county’s captain in Championship cricket, will succeed him.
Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Lewis has done an outstanding job as Vitality Blast Captain. His leadership has been exemplary, and he came within a whisker of lifting the trophy last year. Under his stewardship, Somerset’s T20 cricket has been on a considerable upward journey. We have won a huge number of games and have reached Finals Day twice.
“Lewis and I have discussed this subject at length, and we feel that this will give Lewis the chance to focus on what he does best, and that’s making positive contributions to Somerset winning games of cricket across all formats. Lewis is a player of the very highest calibre and his on-field leadership qualities will still be vitally important for us moving forward.
Despite coming to the format late, Abell has become a crucial player of Somerset’s T20 team in recent years. When he was chosen Championship captain, at 23, in 2017, he had only played one professional T20 game.
Since then, he’s played for the Hundred and is set to play in the Big Bash League for the first time this winter.
“Tom has proved himself to be an outstanding multi-format leader and he has done an excellent job when called upon to lead the side in T20 cricket previously. This appointment will give us consistency within the leadership group across the game, and it is a challenge that I know Tom is relishing.”
Following his appointment, Tom Abell said: “I’m humbled to have the opportunity to lead Somerset in T20 cricket as well as the County Championship. It feels incredibly special.
“Lewis has been a phenomenal captain and has really taken our T20 cricket to another level. I fully respect his decision, and he will continue to have a huge influence on our team.
“Our development in last summer’s competition was clearly evident, and I certainly believe we can go one step further in 2022 and give our very special Members and supporters something to be proud of.”