County news January 3, 2012

Adams appointed new Kent coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jimmy Adams, the former West Indies batsman, has been appointed the new head coach at Kent. The county have been without a head coach since Paul Farbrace left in September.

Adams, 43, was West Indies' Under-19 manager before being appointed technical director of Jamaica. He played for 10 years in international cricket, retiring in 2001 having scored 3,012 Test runs at 41.26 and took 27 wickets with his slow left-arm. He also captained his country in 14 Tests.

"I am delighted to be given this opportunity," said Adams. "Kent are a county with a proud history and tradition. I look forward to working towards further success in the year to come and can't wait to get started."

Kent chairman Graham Johnson said "He has a strong desire to see young players develop. He also has a tremendous amount of experience from his time in international cricket - particularly as captain. We welcome Jimmy and wish him the very best of luck."

Kent have made changes to their squad, with Joe Denly departing for Middlesex and Martin van Jaarsveld retiring, having initially signed a deal with Leicestershire. Batsmen Michael Powell has joined from Glamorgan and Ben Harmison signed from Durham.

They begin begin their 2012 season against Yorkshire at Headingley on April 5.

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  • stuart on January 4, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    I think this is a good addition.The problem for Kent is the lack of money and hence good bowlers.If they had a gun bowler then they would go further as Rob Key is a quality captain and has done really well on the mess that he has had to put up with while the ground is redeveloped.Good luck to you Jimmy

  • david on January 4, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    I guess siting next to rob key in the sky studio payed of then!

  • Alan on January 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Presumably this means Kent batters will get lots of good advice about how to use their pads ... More seriously, I wish Kent luck next year.

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