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Shine named ECB fast bowling coach

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Kevin Shine

New England bowling coach Kevin Shine © Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that Somerset Academy director Kevin Shine has been appointed ECB fast bowling coach, taking up the position on March 13, 2006.

Shine, who holds the ECB level four coaching award, will take over the role from Troy Cooley of heading up the ECB fast bowling group, developing elite-level bowlers with England senior and junior teams and liaising closely with elite coaching and sports science staff.

After five years as a bowler with Somerset (1996-2000) and having previously played for Hampshire and Middlesex, Shine joined Somerset’s coaching staff and led the club to victory in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in 2001 before taking on the post as Academy director in December 2004.

John Carr, ECB director of England cricket, said: “We are delighted that Kevin will be joining the ECB elite coaching team as fast bowling coach.

“He has been working very closely with Troy Cooley and other members of the ECB fast bowling group and has already played an important role this winter working at the National Cricket Centre with the Academy squad seam bowlers and other senior county bowlers.

Troy Cooley

Shine replaces Troy Cooley © Getty Images

“Kevin is ideally placed to lead ECB’s fast bowling programme and to oversee the development of England fast bowlers.

“The ECB fast bowling coach’s areas of responsibility are such that there will be a continued need to involve additional high-class fast bowling coaches to support Kevin to help cover all the important duties with England teams and at the National Cricket Centre.”

Following his appointment as ECB fast bowling coach, 36-year-old Shine said: "This role offers a great personal challenge and one I am looking forward to immensely.

“It will be a great honour to work with some of the best bowlers in the world and also to help the wealth of emerging talent.

"I have had a great time at Somerset and I have some great memories. I want to thank the club for its support, and wish them well for the coming season.

“Somerset has a lot of promising youngsters and it will be fascinating to see them develop over the next few years."

Prior to England’s tour of India, Shine travelled to Chennai with Cooley, Simon Jones, Sajid Mahmood and Mark Footit on a fast bowling camp.

Shine is expected to join the England tour party in India shortly after his appointment.

Troy Cooley returns to his native Australia after England’s current tour of India.