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ECB Appoint Brandon, Hurry

Andy Hurry
Andy Hurry has joined the ECB's team at the National Cricket Performance Centre
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have added Raph Brandon and Andy Hurry to their staff at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

Former Somerset head coach Hurry will oversee the England Development Programme as Brandon takes over in charge of the Sports Science and Medicine team.

Hurry coached Somerset during a successful period between 2006 and 2013 before taking on the role of Director of High Performance at Taunton.

He has already spent time with the senior England squad during limited overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

In his new role, he will oversee England's talent development programme, working with the England Under-19s, cricket academies and coaches with the goal of getting more and more talented youngsters into the county system.

Brandon, joins the ECB from the English Institute of Sports and succeeds Michael Bourne, who is leaving to take up a post with UK Sport.

He led the 40-strong strength and conditioning team that supported Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and has also acted as a consultant to the science and medicine teams at Chelsea F.C. and Harlequins RFC.

"We believe Andy’s in-depth understanding of what it takes to succeed in the professional game and his ability to bring the very best out of teams and players will be a huge asset to the EDP," Paul Downton, Managing Director - England Cricket, said.

"Raph has a proven track record of success in supporting world-leading teams and athletes and we are delighted to have secured an individual with his outstanding leadership skills and technical expertise," he added.

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