Interview by Chris Airey
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. He now he faces a new challenge as leader of a young but ambitious Derbyshire outfit.
The right-handed batsman, who has captaincy experience with Kwazulu-Natal, has big plans for the side and he believes they can soon be pushing for trophies.
“I believe we have the potential to get into the first division,” Madsen said. “If we continue to build on the standard of play we achieved last year, then there is no reason why we can’t get promoted over the next few seasons.
“Talking about trophies is definitely an ambition of the team and we have the potential to achieve this within the next three or so years.
“Look at Leicestershire and how they performed last year in the Friends Life t20 competition. If Leicestershire can do it I believe we can as well.
“We want to build on what we have done over the last few years to keep going up. And it would be nice to get to the knockout stages in either the Clydesdale Bank 40 or the t20 competition.
“In the past we’ve fallen short when it came to the crunch in one-day cricket, so we want to kick on this season.
“In the LV= County Championship we played some really good cricket, so we want to do it again and finish higher than last year. Promotion would be amazing and ideal but the first realistic challenge is to improve on the previous season.”
Madsen was honoured to be named as captain following the retirement of Luke Sutton and – although he admits his captaincy will take time to develop - he is looking forward to the challenge.
“It is very exciting and I’m very honoured to be appointed,” he said. “I have done a little bit of captaincy in South Africa but not to the scale it will be with Derbyshire.
“It’s hard to throw it out there and say what I’m going to be as a captain because I will be moulded by the experiences of the campaign.
“I am quite relaxed, but I’m sure there will be a time when things have to be pulled into line.
“The job Luke and Krik did last season was phenomenal and the approach of playing local youngsters will benefit the future of the club.
“We have a couple of senior guys, then it’s a young team who will play fearless cricket and that’s exciting.
“The pre-season tour of Barbados will allow us to try a few things and it will definitely help give me feel of how to lead the side. It will be a good indication of what is to come.”
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