Will Rhodes gives up Warwickshire captaincy

Will Rhodes gives up Warwickshire captaincy

Warwickshire have announced that Will Rhodes has stepped down as club captain after five seasons in the role.

Rhodes, 28, helped the club to a County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy double in 2021. Warwickshire were briefly in contention once again last season but only won one in six between May and September before to finish fourth.

The all-rounder, who has surprisingly never missed a first-class match since joining the Yorkshire club ahead of the 2018 season, made 618 runs at 30.90 in 2023 and told the club he wanted to focus on his form, as well as recover a place him in the T20 side.

“Coming to the club when I was 22, I never thought I would have the opportunity to captain a big club like Warwickshire,” Rhodes said.

“It’s been an incredible honour. I was hugely grateful for the opportunity when Jim Troughton and Paul Farbrace asked me to do it. And with the support of Robbo [Mark Robinson, Warwickshire’s head coach] and more recently Gavin Larsen. I’d like to think I made a positive contribution and helped the club move forward.

“I’m looking forward to next season, helping whoever the new captain is and hopefully giving them a bit of advice from the experience I’ve gained over the years. And most importantly, coming together collectively to win as many matches as possible. possible for the club.

Warwickshire have yet to make a decision on Rhodes’ successor but Robinson offered his personal thanks after the pair worked together as captain and coach for the past three seasons.

“He will always be remembered as one of the few players to have captained a team at Edgbaston to the county championship,” Robinson said. “I have planned and plotted tactics with Rhodesy for a number of years and I would personally like to thank him for all the support he has given me, as well as the club in general.

“Obviously, Rhodesy is not retiring and will hopefully make a smooth transition into the ranks and continue to assist us in our quest for success. But for now we thank him for all he has accomplished with us as a leader.”