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Northamptonshire batsman Kyle Coetzer named Scotland captain

Kyle Coetzer: Will lead out Scotland against Pakistan on Friday

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Northamptonshire batsman Kyle Coetzer has been appointed as the new captain of Scotland.

The 29-year-old Aberdonian will lead out his national side for the first time this Friday, when Scotland face Pakistan in the first of two one-day internationals.

He said: "This is a massive year for Scottish cricket, and personally a huge honour to captain my country.

"I will be trying my very best to help Cricket Scotland continue to move forward in world cricket."

Coetzer has represented Scotland at every youth level and captained his country at the 2004 U19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

He currently has a one-day international average of 49.4 runs from 12 matches with a top score of 133 against Afghanistan in the World Cricket League match in Sharjah in March.

Coetzer signed for Durham in 2005 and played a key role in their 2007 Friends Provident Trophy triumph, scoring 61 in the final against Essex at Lord's.

He has since moved to Northants, where he earned himself a contract extension with the county until the end of 2014.

Preston Mommsen has been appointed as Scotland vice-captain and will skipper the Saltires in the Yorkshire Bank 40 matches and in games when Coetzer's county commitments with Northants take precedence.