Ian Westwood has been named the Warwickshire vice-captain for the 2008 season.
The 25-year-old opening batsman, a feature of the championship side in the last couple of seasons, was one of the few players to progress in 2007 and is a popular and intelligent young man who has graduated through the club's youth system. He is not, however, nearly so established in the limited-overs side. He has yet to score a half-century for Warwickshire in any such match and, should captain Darren Maddy be injured, the club may find themselves with an awkward selection decision.
Director of cricket Ashley Giles said: "'Westy' has been chosen for this role because he is both a mature and improving cricketer who is the future. Ian has come through the club's youth system so is a Bear through and through and has a solid relationship with Darren which is very important for the team dynamics."
Westwood said: "Obviously, I was delighted and felt very proud to be offered such an opportunity. The club is very important to me and I am honoured to be able to play a role going forward in this exciting time for us. I will offer my support to Darren along with the rest of the lads and am looking forward to a successful season."