Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Nevill has been appointed captain of the NSW Blues.
A regular stand-in captain while other leaders have been on national duty Nevill, 32, has now been officially endorsed as skipper.
Cricket NSW coach Phil Jaques said that Nevill was an astute leader who combined experience with a calmness on the field.
“Peter has shown for some time that he is a quality leader on and off the field,” Jaques said.
“He is ideally placed to take the Blues forward with the help of the senior players.
“His experience for Australia and decade of hard cricket at first class level gives him the foundation to continue building on the successful tradition of NSW.
“Peter is a great role model for all our players in the way he goes about his work and helps every player to be the best they can be.”
Peter Nevill speaks to the media for the first time as the new NSW Blues captain.
Nevill said he was honoured to be officially appointed as captain.
“I’ve had the privilege to lead the Blues a number of times over the years and always enjoyed it,” Nevill said.
“We are fortunate to have some quality senior players, many of who have represented Australia. Their guidance and mentoring of our young and talented squad will be integral to delivering the success to which Cricket NSW has been accustomed.
“It’s an exciting time for the Blues and we are very much looking forward to the coming season.
“With our first JLT One-Day Cup match scheduled for Perth in mid-September we will need to be ready to go.”