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John Morris replaces Dave Houghton at Derbyshire

Derbyshire have appointed John Morris as the club's new head of cricket.

The former England international scored 13,489 runs during an 11-year spell between 1982 to 1993 at the County Ground, averaging over 40.

The 43-year-old, who played in three Test matches and eight one-day internationals for England, replaces former Zimbabwe captain David Houghton after he left the post before the end of his contract.

Morris said: "I am highly delighted to be here. I have never lost the love of the game since I retired from playing and to come back to my roots and represent the team with which I made my name as a player is a wonderful feeling.

"Cricket is in by blood, it is my life and it is now up to me to prove myself within management and to take this club forward.”

Morris, who won the Sunday League and Benson and Hedges Cup with Derbyshire before spells with Durham and Nottinghamshire, added: "I will do things my way and some changes will be made.

“But I know that there is enough desire and ability within this club to take it forward and to be a competitive team in first-class cricket.

"I am not saying that I have got all of the answers, of course I haven't, but there will be a philosophy in place of how I want the team to play cricket and I will bring strong leadership to the camp.

"My philosophy is play it properly, play it well, play it with a smile on your face and let's learn how to win."

Derbyshire chairman Don Amott added: "I am delighted that John has been appointed our new head of cricket and I have every confidence that he can bring us success on the pitch to match the progress we are making off it.

"Our main focus will always be trying to improve our cricket and compete at the top of the domestic game and we will give John all the support he needs to achieve that.

"I am sure all Derbyshire members and supporters will get behind John and the squad as we move forward."

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