Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has been named Justin Langer's successor as Somerset captain.
Veteran Australian Langer has confirmed he will not be returning to Taunton next season and so 33-year-old Trescothick will take to the helm in his place.
Since ending his England career because of problems with depression and stress that were exacerbated by touring, Trescothick has concentrated on batting for his county and has become the cornerstone of its recent good form.
"Being made captain is a huge honour for me, particularly as I am Keynsham-born and have been associated with the club since my school days," said Trescothick.
"I've been a player for 17 years and I believe the time is right for me to take on the role. I am really looking forward to the challenge."
Trescothick's primary challenge as Langer's replacement will be to bring the LV County Championship title to Taunton for the first time.
And he is also likely to be a key performer in the county's Champions League campaign in India, which will be the first time he has returned to the country since leaving mid-way through an England trip in February 2006.