Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Footy's Exit Is Sad but We Understand

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Footy's Exit Is Sad but We Understand

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Byline: Gareth Batty Surrey captain

IT was a great shame to learn that Mark Footitt would be leaving the club with immediate effect but we understand why.

This is Footy's second year with us and he has been bowling well with 23 Championship wickets at less than 30 apiece but he wants to return to the East Midlands to be closer to his family and has now signed for Notts. We wish him well and understand that, while he was a key man for us, there are far more important things in life than a bat and ball.

In the meantime, I have been very impressed with how Rory Burns and Jade Dernbach have handled the captaincy during my three games out with injury.

I am hoping to be available for tonight's T20 game against Middlesex but I cannot speak highly enough of how Rory and Jade have adapted to the role.

After my time as captain has ended, there's no reason why a split captaincy couldn't work, with Rory taking charge of four-day and 50-over cricket and Jade running our T20 campaign. …

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