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Somerset drop skipper Tom Abell for Yorkshire clash

Director of Somerset Cricket Matt Maynard said that even though Abell’s form has deserted him, his class will remain permanent.

Tom Abell
Tom Abell. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Tom Abell, the skipper of Somerset, has been dropped for the team’s County Championship game to be played against Yorkshire on Monday at Scarborough. He has been enduring a poor form of late. With only 171 runs in the current season, at an average of 14.25, it wasn’t wise enough to select him for the next match. Not often do we see a captain being dropped from the team, but Abell hasn’t been able to inspire much confidence.

He was named the captain of Somerset when he was all of 22 years old, and soon he came to be recognised as one of the finest leaders. While the club could have relieved Abell off his leadership duties, so that he could give in his all to his batting, they didn’t consider it a wise move because the team still needed him as the leader.

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Although this season for Somerset has not been encouraging at all, they can try and get the better of their next rivals Yorkshire who will be playing the game without the services 3 of their main players who are now with the England national team to play the Test series against South Africa which begins on July 6 at Lord’s. These three players include Jonny Bairstow, Gary Balance and Joe Root.

Lewis Gregory will lead the side 

Abell will be replaced by Tim Rouse the batsman and 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.

Director of Somerset Cricket Matt Maynard said that even though Abell’s form has deserted him, his class will remain permanent.

“He is an outstanding player, a genuine leader of men and as the old adage says: form is temporary but class is permanent.

“We’ll be working hard with him in the nets and he’ll be playing some Second XI cricket – I’m confident that he will be back in contention for First XI selection again sooner rather than later.” Maynard said.

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