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ECB appoints French and Such

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Bruce French & Ryan Sidebottom

Bruce French enjoys a lighter moment with Ryan Sidebottom during this summer's Ashes

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that ex-England cricketers Bruce French and Peter Such will join the staff at the National Cricket Performance Centre as consultant specialist coaches covering wicketkeeping and spin bowling respectively.

French, who played 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for England between 1986 and 1988, has been involved with the ECB as a part-time coaching consultant working, amongst others, with Matt Prior, James Foster and Steven Davies.

This new role will see him continue to work closely with all wicketkeepers throughout the England Cricket Pathway, including the England team, England Performance Programme and Elite Player Development programme.

He will also be responsible for liaising with the ECB Coach Education team to assist with the development and implementation of its wicketkeeping programmes as well as working alongside county coaches and county Academy directors to develop future talent.

Such will be responsible for supporting the most talented young spinners and establishing a spin bowling programme to ensure a clear pathway for future cricketers. Mushtaq Ahmed continues in his role as spin bowling coach to the England team.

Such represented England 11 times between 1993 and 1999, taking 37 wickets at an average of 33.56.

Most notably, this included a six-wicket haul (6-67) on his Test debut against Australia. Since retiring from first-class cricket in 2001 he was employed as Academy director at Essex before establishing his own coaching organisation.

Commentating on these two appointments, David Parsons, ECB performance director, said: “The arrival of Peter and Bruce means we have now have specialist coaches employed across all the disciplines of the game.

“I am confident that both Peter and Bruce will do an outstanding job in developing future specialists for England.”

Such and French will join the ECB specialist coaching team, based at the NCPC, which includes:

- Kevin Shine, fast bowling
- Dene Hills, batting
- Richard Halsall, fielding