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Madsen feeling benefit after stepping down

Saturday 2nd April 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

Wayne Madsen believes stepping down as Derbyshire Captain will allow him to focus on his batting which he feels will only benefit the team moving forward.

Billy Godleman has taken over as four-day skipper, whilst Wes Durston will continue in his role as one-day Captain, and Madsen will continue to offer his support to them both in any way he can.

After signing a three-year contract extension until the end of 2019, Madsen has made it clear that he is determined to continue to develop as a player whilst helping the Club to achieve its ambitions.

Madsen said: “I’ve felt the benefit of stepping down as Captain already in just the few training sessions we have had since it was announced.

“I feel more relaxed in myself which is natural because there are added pressures when it comes to the captaincy. I think it will certainly benefit my own game as I can focus on scoring runs for the team.

“At the same time, I will continue to be a senior player and a leader in the squad. I will be able to help Billy and Wes out massively and support them in how they want the team to move forward.

“Not doing the captaincy certainly does not mean that I am not going to be playing a lesser role in the team.

“This move almost adds to the amount of senior players in the team. Billy was in that group already but you feel like there are now more leaders with Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom to add to that.

“Things don’t change in respect to my important role in the team. I still have the experience and the influence when it comes to pushing the youngsters and the team forward.

“I will not be taking my foot off the gas at all. If anything, I will be pushing even harder.”

Incoming overseas batsman, Hamish Rutherford, has been announced as Derbyshire’s Vice Captain in all formats and Madsen has given the decision his full backing.

“Hamish becoming Vice Captain will be brilliant for the team,” Madsen added. “Hamish came in last year and had a huge impact on us.

“I think for his own personal development as a cricketer, him coming in and assisting the Captains in leading the team will be great.

“Having his ideas on board as well will help us in all formats and I think it’s a great decision to give Hamish the vice captaincy.”

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