Mitchell handed Pears role
Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell has been appointed vice-captain following Gareth Batty's departure.
Last Updated: 14/10/09 1:15pm
Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell has been appointed the county's new vice-captain in succession to Gareth Batty, who has moved to Surrey.
The 25-year-old right-hander, a product of Worcestershire's academy, scored a career best 298 in the penultimate LV County Championship match of the season against Somerset at Taunton.
Batty is one of four key players to have left New Road in recent weeks, Steve Davies, Simon Jones and Stephen Moore agreeing moves to Surrey, Hampshire and Lancashire respectively.
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: "Daryl was the first graduate from the club's academy and soon established himself as a key member of the first eleven in all forms of cricket.
"He is a true Worcestershire lad and his attitude epitomises everything we want from our cricketers. We are delighted he has accepted the appointment and he will give valuable support on and off the field to captain, Vikram Solanki."
Mitchell said: "To be offered the vice captaincy at this stage in my career is a great honour and one I am delighted to accept. The team is obviously going through a period of transition but we have some really good young players coming through.
"I am genuinely excited about the future and I look forward to working with Vikram over the years ahead."