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Notts choose Pick and Franks

Nottinghamshire have appointed their former paceman Andy Pick as full-time bowling coach and named current seamer Paul Franks as second XI captain.

The appointment of Pick, who spent 15 years as a professional with Notts and has held prestigious coaching roles with Canada, USA, England Under-19s and the International Cricket Council, finalises a new coaching structure at Trent Bridge.

Notts director of cricket Mick Newell said: "I felt that we needed a full-time bowling coach on board and we've been through an extensive recruitment process that has culminated in Andy Pick's appointment.

"He's a very highly-qualified coach with international experience and he knows the set-up at Trent Bridge.

"He'll have broad responsibility to work with players at all stages of their development with a particular focus on the professional squad and the academy."

Paul Franks made eight LV= County Championship appearances last year and will captain Nottinghamshire's second XI from this season

Pick, who has continued to live in Nottingham throughout his time away from county cricket, said: "This is a job that I really wanted and Nottinghamshire is the county I wanted to work with ahead of any other.

"I've always kept an eye on results here and I know most of the guys from some part-time coaching I've done in recent years, but I'm looking forward to getting into it full-time."

Franks, 35, has been playing senior cricket for his sole county since 1996 and is working towards the ECB’s level four coaching qualification.

The all-rounder said: "I enjoyed the role I had last year with an element of coaching on top of my playing commitments, which was a great way to cut my teeth.

"I still have a desire to play and to maintain the standards I've set for myself throughout my career, but I've also got an eye on a future in coaching.

"When I set out to get things in place for a future in coaching I set myself a target to become a better coach than I was a player. I feel that there were certain aspects of my playing career where I didn't reach my potential and I want to help others to fulfil their own potential.

"There's a lot of work to do to get to that position but hopefully this will give me a route to achieve that over the next couple of years. My responsibility is to add value to the group and to equip them to play in the first team."

Having played alongside Pick for Notts in the mid-1990s, Franks added: "Andy Pick was fantastic for me when I was a young bowler. I joined the staff in 1996 when he was coming towards the end of his career and he offered tremendous support to the younger players.

"He'll come back with fresh ideas, which the players will respond well to and it will be great to hook up with him again."

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