Shine appointed as England bowling coach
The former Hampshire and Somerset fast bowler, Kevin Shine, has been named as the new ECB fast bowling coach, and will take up the role next month, midway through the Test series against India.
The appointment of Shine, who is currently the director of the Somerset academy, follows last month's appointment of his fellow Somerset man, Mark Garaway, as England's assistant coach. It brings to an end a difficult period for the squad and Duncan Fletcher in particular, who has had to cope with the departure of two cornerstones of England's Ashes triumph, Tim Boon and, especially, Troy Cooley.
Cooley was widely credited with the development of England's four-prong pace attack of Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard, but chose last year to leave the England set-up and join the Australian camp ahead of next winter's Ashes. Shine, 36, was fully aware that he had a hard act to follow, and described his appointment as "a great personal challenge".
"It will be a great honour to work with some of the best bowlers in the world and I am looking forward to it immensely," said Shine. "I have had a great time at Somerset and I have some great memories. I want to thank the club for its support, and wish them well for the coming season. Somerset has a lot of promising youngsters and it will be fascinating to see them develop over the next few years."
John Carr, the ECB's director of cricket, said: "We are delighted that Kevin will be joining the ECB elite coaching team as fast bowling coach. He has been working very closely with Troy Cooley and other members of the ECB fast bowling group and has already played an important role this winter working at the National Cricket Centre with the Academy squad seam bowlers and other senior county bowlers.
"Kevin is ideally placed to lead ECB's fast bowling programme and to oversee the development of England fast bowlers.