Surrey batsman Rory Hamilton-Brown has revealed that he is stepping down as captain of the county to focus on his own game.
The 24-year-old, who was handed the captaincy in 2009, was allowed compassionate leave after the death of his close friend Tom Maynard and has now left his post.
"I am honoured to have captained Surrey, the county I have played for since I was nine years old," Cricinfo quotes Hamilton-Brown as saying.
"It has been a privilege to have been in charge of a fantastic group of players and what we achieved together is a great source of pride to me, particularly our unprecedented record of only one defeat in 20 Clydesdale Bank matches.
"I am only 24 and would now like to concentrate on my own game and try to achieve ambitions I have in the game by continuing to play well for Surrey."