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Walker returns to Kent

Matt Walker has been Essex's assistant coach since late 2011 and has now taken on the same role with home county Kent

Matt Walker has left his role as assistant coach at Essex to take up the same position with his home county Kent.

Having made his first-class debut in 1993, the diminutive batsman spent the vast majority of his playing career with Kent before representing Essex from 2009 to 2011. He became Essex’s assistant coach in December 2011 when Graham Gooch left that job.

Walker, 40, is part of a new-look coaching staff at Kent under head coach Jimmy Adams. The other members are first team physiotherapist Dan George, analyst Michael Najdan plus strength and conditioning coach Jon Fortescue.

Adams said: "I am really pleased with the team of support staff that we have assembled. They are all extremely experienced within their fields and will, I am sure, do much to help get the best from all our players as we continue our pursuit for team success."

Kent-born Walker said: "I am delighted to be returning to my roots. I cannot wait to get back to Kent and get started in helping the club deliver some on field success.

“I would like to thank everyone at Essex for the support they have given me and I wish them well for the future. A return to my home club is something I hoped for and I aim to help a talented group of players deliver what they are capable of."

Former England seamer Chris Silverwood has been promoted from Essex second XI coach to fill Walker’s vacancy. Barry Hyam will take on the second XI role while continuing as performance director.

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