ALEX Doolan says it's an honour to be appointed Tasmanian vice-captain, and is confident it won't be a distraction as he strives to cement himself at first drop for his country.
The former Launceston batsman's elevation makes it an NTCA trifecta in the state's on-field cricketing leadership group, joining skipper George Bailey and deputy vice-captain Xavier Doherty following Tim Paine stepping aside to focus on his own game.
Doolan said yesterday he was confident that he would be able to combine his leadership and batting duties successfully.
However, he has not taken on the role as a way to further his international credentials.
``This is something I've really wanted to do for a long time and I'm probably a little surprised that it has happened this year,'' he said.
``I certainly hope it doesn't affect my cricket.
``It might be something they (national selectors) look favourably on, but it is certainly not why I'm taking the role.
``It is really about being a leader of the team down here and hopefully get us back to winning titles.
``When you get to this level, you've got the skills to be here and perform, so it is about making them feel comfortable when they are out there playing and giving them the best chance to succeed.''
The elegant right-hander, who will represent Australia A against India A and South Africa A from July, has played 57 first-class matches, scoring 3563 at 37.11 and 20 List A one-day matches, scoring 474 at 26.33.
Doolan, who played three Tests against South Africa earlier this year, scoring 186 at 31, will get the chance to captain his state when Bailey is on international duty with either the 50-over or T20 sides.
Paine yesterday said the decision to let go of the vice-captaincy was entirely his own.
``I didn't have the season I would have liked with the bat and as a result I made the decision to step aside and let somebody else take the reins,'' Paine said.
``I've given as much as I can to the role and it will be good to have someone with different ideas to lead the team.''