Wellington: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has been named as the team captain, replacing Daniel Vettori, New Zealand Cricket said on Tuesday.
The current vice-captain, Taylor, 27, had been in a tussle for the top job with wicketkeeper/batsman Brendon McCullum after Vettori retired from the position following the team's semi-final loss to Sri Lanka at this year's World Cup in March.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge and appreciate the level of responsibility that comes with captaining your country," Taylor said in a statement.
Taylor has played 30 tests, 107 one-day internationals and 37 Twenty20 internationals since making his New Zealand debut in 2006.
Taylor has captained the New Zealand under-19 side and had filled in for Vettori in 11 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.
The aggressive middle-order batsman averages 41 in test matches and 37 in one-day internationals. The right-hander has scored five test and four one day centuries.