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Birrell named as England U19 coach

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James Vince & England Under-19

England reached the quarter-finals of the under-19 World Cup in January and will hope to progress under Adrian Birrell

The ECB has today announced the appointment of Adrian Birrell as England Under-19 coach for the duration of the series against Sri Lanka U19 this summer.

Birrell holds an ECB Level 4 coaching certificate and was Ireland national coach from 2002 to 2007.

Ireland enjoyed considerable success during this period including reaching the Super Eight stage at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and gaining a top 10 world ranking.

His 25-year coaching career has also seen him work with South Africa U19s and as head coach of Eastern Province from 1999-2002. Birrell currently lives in Ireland and continues to work with Ireland A.

ECB elite player development manager John Abrahams said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Adrian Birrell to work with the England U19s this summer.

"Adrian has a wealth of coaching experience and he will be a real asset as we prepare for the challenge of Sri Lanka in July.”

Birrell said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity to coach the England U19s. The challenge of the Sri Lanka tour excites me as well as the chance to use my knowledge and experience to maximise potential and produce England players of the future.

"I look forward to working with John Abrahams and the ECB coaching staff as well as meeting all the players.”

England U19s will play a two-match Test series, a two-match Twenty20 series and a five match one-day series against Sri Lanka. The first match begins on Wednesday July 21 at Wantage Road, Northampton.

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