The summer is almost upon us and the wait is nearly over for new skipper Wayne Madsen as he looks ahead to the challenge of leading a young Derbyshire side through the 2012 season and into the future with a realistic aim of silverware within the near future.
South African born Madsen has now been with the club for three seasons after moving to England in 2009 and he has been one of the Falcons’ most consistent performers over this time. But now he faces a new challenge as the leader of a young but ambitious Derbyshire outfit.
The right-handed batsman, who has had experience captaining sides back home for the KwaZulu-Natal side, has himself got big plans for his side as he believes that with the quality of players at the club they can be pushing for trophies within three years.
“I believe we have the potential to get into the first division,” Madsen said. “If we can continue to build on the standard of play we achieved in the last year then there is no reason why we can’t get promoted over the next few years.
“Talking about trophies is definitely an ambition of the team, you got to play towards this and we have the potential to achieve this within the next three years. You have to look at Leicestershire and how they performed last year in the T20 competition, if a team like Leicester can do it then I believe we can as well.
“We want to build on what we have done over the last few years to keep going up. It would be nice to get to the knockout stages in either the one day or T20 competition as in the past we have fallen short when it came down to the crunch, so we would want to kick on in that.
“In the Championship we played some really good cricket and got quite a few wins, so we want to do this again and finish higher than last year, promotion would be amazing and ideal but the realistic challenge is to finish higher than last year.”
Madsen was honoured to be named as the captain after the departure of Luke Sutton, and he looking forward to the challenge of leading such a young side. But with little experience, the new skipper believes it will take time for his style of captaincy to mould and take shape on the team.
“It is very exciting and very honoured to be appointed and I am very excited to be taking over the role,” he added. “I have done a little bit of captaincy in South Africa but none to the scale of which it will be with Derbyshire.
“It is hard to just throw it out there of what I am going to be, I am quite relaxed but when it comes a time when things have to be pulled into line then you better do so. It is difficult to say what type of captain you will be you tend to mould yourself from the experiences as you go through the campaign.
“But the job Luke and Krik did last season was phenomenal and he has definitely left the club in a good position with the approach of playing local youngsters and this will benefit the future of the club.
“I am now looking forward to it, it is a great opportunity we have got a couple of senior guys and then it is a young team and I am looking forward to the challenge. It is exciting and when you have a good team you tend to play fearless cricket and I am looking forward to this.”
But before the players can settle into their daily playing routine they have the pleasure flying out to sunny Barbados for their preseason tour, ideal preparation for a new captain as he plans to try a few things out in the Caribbean.
“While we are out there we will try a few things and for sure it will definitely give me feel of how to lead the side. It will definitely give me and Krik a chance both on and off the field on how to run the team and will give us a good indication of what is to come.”