England Confirm Farbrace Appointment

Paul Farbrace
Paul Farbrace has begun his new job as assistant coach to Peter Moores
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The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that Paul Farbrace has been appointed as their new assistant coach, working with new head coach Peter Moores.

Farbrace officially starts work immediately after resigning his position as Sri Lanka's head coach earlier this week.

The 46-year-old previously coached with Kent and Yorkshire as well as two spells with Sri Lanka, one as assistant to Trevor Bayliss between 2007 and 2009, and as head coach from the start of this year.

After leading them to victory in the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20, he forms a new coaching team with Moores to succeed the one led by Andy Flower and Ashley Giles.

Flower resigned following England's disastrous winter tour of Australia while Giles, who oversaw England's group stage exit at the ICC World Twenty20, has not been retained.

"We are grateful to SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) for their understanding and co-operation in releasing Paul from his contract in order to achieve his desire to return to England and to allow him to work with Peter Moores," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.

"Paul developed his coaching through the ECB's Level Four programme and brings substantial international experience to the new Team England management."

Paul Downton, Managing Director, England Cricket, added: "In his short time as Sri Lanka Coach Paul has enjoyed unprecedented success winning first the Asia Cup and then following that with victory in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh - Sri Lanka's first global trophy since 1996.

"He brings experience not only of his recent stint as Sri Lanka Coach but also his respected work with the England Academy, the England women's team and his two years as Sri Lanka's Assistant Coach.

"He also has great domestic knowledge following his time with Kent and Yorkshire.
"I am really excited about the way the England management structure is taking shape and I know that Paul and Peter Moores are looking forward to working closely together.

"I would like to echo David Collier's thanks to SLC for reaching an agreement which allowed Paul to join us."
Farbrace said: "It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to work with your own country’s national team and this was an offer that I could not turn down – much as I have enjoyed working with the Sri Lankan players and sharing in their recent success.
"I am particularly relishing the chance to work more closely with Peter as we undertook the Level Four Coaching programme together and have known each other since we were both young wicket-keepers on the county circuit together. 

"It will also be great to renew acquaintances with Alastair Cook and other senior players whom I worked with earlier in my coaching career with England’s age-group teams."
Moores welcomed Farbrace's appointment, saying: "I am looking forward to getting down to work with Paul in the next few days.

"We have a lot of work to do in a short time as we prepare for the fast-approaching international season.

"There is no doubt Paul will bring a lot of recent international experience to the England set-up."

The pair's first task will be take charge of England against Sri Lanka, who play a Twenty20 International, five One-Day Internationals and two Tests in May and June.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

20th May: Twenty20 International, The Oval, London
Sri Lanka 183-7 (T Perera 49) beat
England 174-7 (Hales 66) by nine runs
22nd May: 1st ODI, The Kia Oval, London
England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
25th May: 2nd ODI, EDICG, Chester-le-Street
Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
28th May: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 73-0 (Bell 41no, Cook 30no) beat
Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
31st May: 4th ODI, Lord's, London
Sri Lanka 300-9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71) beat
England 293-8 (Buttler 121) by seven runs
3rd June: 5th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
12th-16th June: 1st Test, Lord's, London
England 575-9 dec. & 267-8 dec. drew with
Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147) & 201-9
20th-24th June: 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
Sri Lanka 257 & 457 (Mathews 160) beat
England 365 & 249 (Moeen Ali 108no) by 100 runs