Joe Leach has been appointed as Worcestershire CCC's new captain – and is relishing the challenges that lie ahead at New Road.

Leach, who had been vice-captain for the past 12 months, has taken over the position from skipper Daryl Mitchell who spent six years in charge.

The 25-year-old has had a season to remember, finishing as leading wicket-taker in Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship with 65 victims and scoring neary 600 runs.

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "I am looking forward to enjoying a good working relationship with Joe.

"He has had an exceptional season. He was already vice-captain and has got key attributes which will help with captaining the side."

Leach said: "It is a great honour to be made captain and a great opportunity to take on a young improving squad.

"Hopefully we will go from strength to strength as a squad over the next few years.

"I would like to pay tribute to Daryl who has done a fantastic job, got us two promotions and to quarter-finals, and I look forward to working with him as a senior player."