Somerset captain Tom Abell has been dropped for their County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough on Monday (July 3). As if his recent run wasn’t poor enough, he bagged a pair in their previous game against Hampshire worsening his stint in the current season. With just 171 runs at a meek average of 14.25, Abell has not managed to inspire much confidence, both as a batsman and captain.
Abell will be replaced by second XI batsman Tim Rouse as the out-of-form skipper will search for lost form. Lewis Gregory will lead the side in his absence. “It’s been a tough start to the season for me and the team has to come first. The support that I’ve received has been incredible and hugely appreciated, as has the backing from the team and coaches,” Abell said.
Maynard voiced his support for the young skipper and admitted that they can’t wait to see him bounce back and score runs for the club. “Every single person connected with the club, from the members and supporters up to the committee, are desperate for Tom to return to form and I have no doubt that he will do just that.