Tom Smith: Lancashire appoint new captain for 2015 season

Tom Smith
Tom Smith was a member of Lancashire’s Championship-winning squad in 2011

Lancashire have appointed all-rounder Tom Smith as their new captain ahead of the new season.

The 29-year-old takes over from Glen Chapple, who has become part of cricket director Ashley Giles' backroom staff in a player-coach role.

Liverpool-born Smith has spent his whole career at Old Trafford and was the club's player of the year in 2014.

"I was lucky enough to have an meeting with Ashley and he offered the job," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I was over the moon. It's not every day you get to captain your boyhood club that you've grown up with and it's a truly great honour."

Smith's record
First-class: 3,516 runs, average 29.30, 3x100, 22x50, highest score 128; 226 wickets, average 28.46, best bowling 6-46
List A (50 and 40-over): 1,505 runs, average 34.20, 2x100, 10x50, highest score 117; 77 wickets, average 28.48, best bowling 4-48
Twenty20: 2,089 runs, average 28.22, 11x50, highest score 92no; 51 wickets, average 31.23, best bowling 3-12

Last summer, Smith took over 50 wickets in the County Championship for the first time and hit 773 runs, including seven half centuries, but they were relegated to Division Two.

The Red Rose have also confirmed that fellow all-rounder Steven Croft will be vice-captain for the upcoming season.