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Dominic Sibley is “very proud” to have been appointed vice-captain of Warwickshire – and intends to play a big part in a new era of success for the club in the coming years.

Sibley, currently in Western Australia where he is playing for the Midland-Guildford club in Perth, will be Bears vice-captain under new skipper Jeetan Patel in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London Cup in 2018.

I’ve done a fair bit of captaincy over the years through the age-groups at Surrey and for their 2nds and I’m captaining Midland-Guildford out here in Perth during the winter.

Dom Sibley

The 22-year-old batsman is keen to be involved in the leadership side of the game, having often captained sides through the age groups at Surrey from whom he joined the Bears last summer.

“To be vice-captain of such a great club is something I’m extremely proud of,” he said. “I’m very pleased because it’s a really exciting time for the club as we look to rebuild and I want to play a big part in that.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Jeets. He is a top-class performer who has done so much for the Bears and I am sure he will do a great job.

“I’ve done a fair bit of captaincy over the years through the age-groups at Surrey and for their 2nds and I’m captaining Midland-Guildford out here in Perth during the winter. I enjoy captaincy and thinking all the time and not being able to switch off.

“Hopefully Jeets will be good to go in every game next season but if ever I am needed to step up at any point I’ll really relish the challenge and give it everything.”

Sibley is spending his second winter with the Midland-Guildford club in Perth. It will offer him good preparation for next season with the Bears – although, the way the Ashes series is going, he could be in for a rough ride off the cricket field.

My time out here will be great preparation for next season with the Bears, training during the week and then playing at weekends across various formats.

Dom Sibley

“I’ve got a lot of mates out here from last time and they have been giving me some stick,” he said.

“I’m also staying with a family and it’s fair to say they have been keeping me up to date with how it’s been going! I hope the lads can turn it round and it doesn’t go to 5-0 or it could be a long winter.

“But my time out here will be great preparation for next season with the Bears, training during the week and then playing at weekends across various formats. I came to this club a couple of years ago for the whole winter so know it well and it’s a really good set-up and it’s great to get some match cricket in during the winter. It’s also nice to be out here in the warm!”

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