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Farbrace named England assistant

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 23, 2014

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Paul Farbrace chats with Mahela Jayawardene, Dhaka, April 22, 2014
Paul Farbrace will be in England colours when Sri Lanka arrive for their tour next month © AFP
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The appointment of Paul Farbrace as England's assistant coach has been confirmed by the ECB. Farbrace had been identified as the leading candidate to become Peter Moores' No. 2 and his resignation as Sri Lanka coach on Tuesday cleared the way for him to join England's new set-up.

The ECB has not specified what compensation, if any, was paid but said "an agreement" had been reached with SLC. Farbrace was only in the Sri Lanka role for three months and Sanath Jayasuriya, the chief selector, said SLC had been left "helpless" after losing their coach weeks before they travel to England for Test, ODI and T20 series.

"We are grateful to SLC 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," David Collier, the ECB's chief executive, said. "Paul developed his coaching through the ECB's Level Four programme and brings substantial international experience to the new England management."

Cook ready to build new England culture

  • Alastair Cook, England's captain, said he was pleased to have a new coaching set-up in place after Paul Farbrace was confirmed as Peter Moores' assistant. Speaking after Essex's drawn Championship match against Surrey, Cook was keen to start work on "the culture you want to create" with the England side.
  • Cook, who spoke to Surrey's coach, Graham Ford, to get some insight on Farbrace, added that there were encouraging signs around the county circuit for England.
  • "Graham Ford was here this week and on the rainy day on Sunday I was quizzing him a little about 'Farby' and everyone I've spoken to about him speaks very highly about him," Cook said. "He's a good addition because he hasn't really been involved in an England set-up before and he'll have some good ideas and he'd also experienced a hell of a lot coaching Sri Lanka.
  • "The split coaching was tough, people found it hard but now we've got a change of regime, a new energy has come in. Of course they'll have to work on their relationship but they're good people and it should be fine.
  • "I'm happy it's all sorted and you're glad you can start making plans, start making those first steps as a side and the culture you want to create. As a side to come a successful side doesn't come by just changing a few personnel. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of time and effort to do that.
  • "But looking at county scores the last few weeks people are scoring big hundreds, taking wickets and that's exciting. People are realising there are places up for grabs and trying to grab them."

Farbrace's brief spell in charge of Sri Lanka was a successful one, their only defeat in 18 matches coming against England at the World T20. They went on to lift that trophy, having won the Asia Cup a few weeks beforehand, and the ECB sought out Farbrace to offer him the role when he was back in England on holiday after the World T20.

Moores was appointed as England's head coach for the second time at the weekend, after five years with Lancashire, and he said Farbrace's "recent international experience" was of particular value. As well as the visit of Sri Lanka, about whom Farbrace knows plenty, India will tour England during the summer. The first fixture for the new regime will come against Scotland in Abderdeen on May 9.

"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," Farbrace said.

"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 wicketkeepers 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."

In addition to two stints with Sri Lanka, the first as Trevor Bayliss' assistant, Farbrace has coached with Yorkshire and Kent, as well as England women and England U-19s. Paul Downton, England's managing director who led the recruitment process, said Farbrace had enjoyed "unprecedented success" with Sri Lanka. Having resigned during his six-month probationary period, he is able to start in the England job straight away.

"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," Downton said. "I would like to echo David Collier's thanks to SLC for reaching an agreement which allowed Paul to join us."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by SLMaster on (April 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

If ENG have high regards for Farbrace why wasn't he in the picture few months ago. Sure Farbrace helped SL (may be to 10%), however, his ability is overrated with the three months stint with SL. Everyone is forgetting that SL players had a major/substantial part in recent success.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (April 25, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

SL won because of their skills not because of Farbarce involvement . Farbarce was a lucky coach. Now time to show the skills for Farbarce.

With struggling English team Farbarce will regret about his decision.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

This move will surely back fire him in his career...he will live to regret.

Posted by cloudmess on (April 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

If Paul Downton really did consult globally with coaches all across the world (as he grandly claims in the press conference), then judging by the 5-man shortlist he drew up with the cricketing world at his feet, the feed-back he had from the likes of Kirsten, Fleming etc must have been along the lines of: "English county coaches are the best in the word, Paul. And not least the English county coaches who've already been tried and failed in the England job". As he diligently took notes, he must have wondered what all the giggling was.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Sri Lanka had a fantastic period under him. But unfortunately we will miss him in the future. Its time to Atapattu to show his talent and become permanent head coach of the national side.

Posted by Mutukisna on (April 24, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

When England were looking for a coach long before Sri Lanka won the World T20, I suggested that there is a coach and an Englishman at that, who is doing a pretty good job with Sri Lanka Cricket and that the ECB would do well to consider him. I don't think for a moment that the ECB acted on my advice, as I would have preferred PF to be appointed as the Head Coach rather than as Assistant. I am now convinced that Farbrace will eventually take over as Head Coach and many suspect that his appointment will only serve to undermine Moores in his job in the long run. Makes me wonder whether Mr Downton has appointed Farbrace as a fallback. Otherwise, why do you need two high profile coaches? I am responding to this article as it originates from ESPN Sports Media not an individual writer.

Posted by Redmakka on (April 24, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I find it quite amusing that alistair cook has now come out and said that the players found the dual coach situation hard. Why did he not mention this before? He is nothing but a yes man. His captaincy skills are quite inferior to the othet captains in the world. As for farbrace, I would use the example of the former man utd manager, David Moyes. He left Everton to become Man Ut and look at what has happened to him. The grass is not always greener on the other side. The Enfland team play a boring brand of cricket, and it seems that the KP Saga has shown that you must agree with everything and not ask questions and express your opinions to reach that higher level. KP should be in that team and Captain.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

ECB and Cook, getting all wrong, I'm afraid. Farbrace hiring is a negative tactic which clearly shows the fear of another white-wash within the England camp. Everyone is seriously worried and afraid about how this English team (without their only match-winner, KP) is even going to win a game.

Posted by Flash_hard27 on (April 24, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Lots of sour grapes from Sri Lanka fans at the loss of a coach but clearly SLC were fantastically naive in the contract negotiations to get Farbrace in the first place. Your ire should be aimed at them for letting you down not the ECB for targeting someone that they believe will make England stronger.

and remember Farbrace is English, of course he would prefer to be involved with his home team over one from another country. Wouldn't you?

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 24, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Both ECB & Farbrace have lost face from this whole saga & England have not started well with the 'new team culture'. England stood on principles to sack KP but broke all ethics in an unprofessional manner to reach & appoint Farbrace. England have to offer a lot to Sri Lanka as damage limitation to its reputation & show some sort of leadership after all. Otherwise this is going to boomerang on them one way or other.

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