Former captain Mike Denness named next Kent president

Mike Denness
Denness played for Kent from 1962 until 1976

Former Kent and England captain Mike Denness has been named as the club's president for 2012.

The 70-year-old Scot succeeds John Shepherd, who played under him in the succesful Kent side of the early 1970s.

"I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this accolade than Mike," said Shepherd.

Denness, who also played for Essex during his career, appeared in 28 Tests for England, 19 of them as skipper.

He was in charge for the 1974-75 Ashes tour in which England came up against the feared new ball combination of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson and lost 4-1.

Denness kept the job for the inaugural World Cup the following summer, but resigned the captaincy after England lost the first Test of a four-match series against Australia by an innings.

Following his retirement as a player, Denness later became a match referee for the International Cricket Council.

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