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Kent keep Key as captain

Right-handed batsman also awarded benefit for next year

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Kent have announced that Rob Key has been reappointed captain for the 2011 season.

"I now have the opportunity to hopefully put right the things we didn't do this year. It a great honour to be awarded a benefit and I fully appreciate how lucky I am to receive one"

Rob Key

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Batsman Key took over captaincy duties in 2006 but was unable to keep his side afloat in Division One of the LV= County Championship this year.

As well as staying in his role as skipper, Key has also been awarded a benefit for the next campaign.

The 31-year-old made his first-class debut back in 1998 and has also played in 15 Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 game for England.

Great honour

"I am pleased to be given the captaincy again for 2011," Key told Kent's official website.

"I now have the opportunity to hopefully put right the things we didn't do this year. It a great honour to be awarded a benefit and I fully appreciate how lucky I am to receive one."

Graham Johnson, Kent's chairman of cricket, admitted there had been little debate over whether Key should remain in the job, despite suffering relegation in four-day cricket.

"Rob has demonstrated a real commitment to Kent during his period as captain and his passion and determination has not been diminished in looking at the challenges ahead," Johnson said.

"He is highly respected, by both teammates and players at other counties, and there was little debate about his appointment for 2011.

"He has made a tremendous contribution to the club, both as a player and captain, and I cannot think of anyone better than Rob to lead Kent."