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Robinson in charge for U19 World Cup

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Mark Robinson has presided over a period of great one-day success at Sussex, including the 2009 NatWest Pro40 title

Sussex professional cricket manager Mark Robinson will take charge of England Under-19s’ World Cup campaign in New Zealand early next year.

Robinson, 42, has recently returned from India, where he coached Sussex during the inaugural Champions League Twenty20.

Robinson, the former Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Sussex seamer, will be joined at the World Cup in January by Carl Hopkinson, who was recently named as Sussex’s fielding coach and is currently in Bangladesh with the U19s.

Robinson said: “It’s a great honour to be coaching England and this is another good learning experience for me.

“I’d like to pass on my gratitude to Sussex for releasing me from my duties for the tournament and I’m very much looking forward to the competition.”

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, was appointed to coach the U19s for their ongoing tour of Bangladesh, after his predecessor Andy Pick took up a role with the ICC as their development performance manager for the Americas.

Robinson’s recognition comes after leading Sussex to six trophies since taking over from Peter Moores in 2006.

The Sharks won this year’s Twenty20 Cup and also the final NatWest Pro40 title, though the county were relegated from the top flight of the LV= County Championship.

Sussex chief executive David Brooks added: “Mark has been an exceptional coach for Sussex over the last four seasons and we are delighted this has been recognised by England.

“Having just come back from India energised with new ideas, the club see the value in offering our coaching team the opportunity to widen their experience whenever possible and we believe this will benefit Mark, Carl, the Under-19s and Sussex.”

England's World Cup training camp begins on January 1, with the warm-up matches commencing eight days later. The tournament proper runs from January 16 to the end of the month.

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