England news April 25, 2014

'Could not refuse England' - Farbrace

ESPNcricinfo staff

Paul Farbrace has said he understands the disappointment in Sri Lanka about his decision to leave after just a few months in the role of head coach and take up a job as Peter Moores' assistant in the new England set-up.

Farbrace was confirmed as England assistant coach on Wednesday, having tendered his resignation to SLC the day before. He took up the Sri Lanka post in January after two years in charge of Yorkshire's 2nd XI and oversaw victorious campaigns at the Asia Cup and World T20 but was able to leave without the ECB paying any compensation due to a six-month probationary period written into his contract.

His first major role with England will be to prepare them for Sri Lanka's arrival in May for Test, ODI and T20 series. Farbrace said he would experience "mixed feelings" about such a swift reunion with his former charges but said the opportunity to coach with his own country had been too good to turn down.

"It doesn't look great from the outside, someone leaving a job after four months, and I understand from a Sri Lankan point of view that there is disappointment because it was a successful time," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I understand there will be that disappointment but as I went back to explain to them on Monday, the opportunity to work with my own team, my own country, and be working from home was an offer I couldn't really refuse.

"The opportunity to work with your own national team is almost beyond your wildest dreams. It's a fantastic opportunity and a great time to be involved. There was some disappointment but most people in the room understood the situation. I like to think we finish on reasonably good terms.

"It will be interesting for me and the players that the series in a couple of weeks is against Sri Lanka and there will be some mixed feelings because I built some good relationships - not just this time but the previous time - with the players. As a coach you do make good, strong relationships and they're not easy things to put to one side when you're playing against them."

Farbrace was Moores' choice for the assistant role after the former Lancashire coach was appointed to lead England for the second time. Both were at the ECB's National Performance Centre in Loughborough on Thursday for a medical screening of England players and they will now begin the work of planning England's new era alongside the Test and ODI captain, Alastair Cook.

"I've had a good day with Mooresy at Loughborough," Farbrace said. "It's exciting. I shall be working closely with Mooresy, the support staff and players and hopefully doing what I enjoy doing, which is working hard and working with the players.

"I came across Mooresy in international cricket, when he was coach of England and I was assistant at Sri Lanka, and in county cricket when we worked together on the level four ECB programme. We've spent a lot of time together and he's someone I've admired and watched work from a distance for a long time. It's a brilliant opportunity to work with him.

"I still feel I'm developing as a coach and I've got a lot to learn from someone like Peter Moores in this situation. I would like to think Peter will be in the job for many years to come and in a really successful period for England cricket, for the players and for Peter, and it would be great to be a to play a very small part in that."

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  • Chatty on April 29, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Coaches are hyped way too much in cricket. This is not football. It is the team that matters most. A coach can certainly mess things up. But a coach cannot make a great team. Players make decisions, spur of the moment. Not the backroom guys. I think Fracrace was incredibly lucky to have taken over SL just before the WC win. Certainly, he was a good coach for SL. But the manner of his exit leaves a lot to be desired. Not great ethical standards. While there will be no long term impacts, SL will find it harder in England due to the disruption of plans. Also, it is the early season and England are not a bad side (despite the drubbing in Aus). It is also the Duke balls. So, SL will have a lot to contend with, on top of the coach joining the enemy camp!

  • Tharindu on April 27, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Ok Mr. Paul, it's your right to make that decision, you made it and we respect that. But the thing is, you will have to stuck with English team for a quite a while as other Cricket playing nations will overlook you in the future, considering your work ethics...Anyway thanks for your service for SL as the head coach as well as the assistant coach and wish you good luck !

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    It is not 'ethics' or 'gentlemanly British' to kick the ladder on which one climbs? Paul you have taken a "hurried-hasty decision". SL team has 4 experienced Giants in Cricketing World today. Check the records, the highest Test Cricket, ODI and the current 2014 T20 Cup they are holding... The TEAM with experienced GREATS and blooming BUDS have developed the greatest TEAM work from their openers, to the 9th wicket batting partnerships. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and Malinga as stalwarts have worked and swill work like the hand in glove!! Boys you have done well to date, you will be doing even better and the start is not far away. Good luck with the bag full of secrets Paul carried to England. After all we are The Lions, the King of the Forest and Nature.

  • Rue on April 26, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Why do we need an assistant head coach, what will he do? Thinking of coaches, will Gooch remain, if he were to go, I would look for an Australian, Langer, Hayden, S Waugh, they new how to play in all conditions and have huge reputations, something I think you need if you are coaching at test level..........oh wait..........what does that say about Moores and Farbrace??????

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    England have to get their skill set right ...the most over pampered international team I have ever seen...Wow Pietersen sacked and Moores comes back in gees...Go Sri Lanka

  • Garry on April 26, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Milinda England would murder Sri Lanka in a test, even New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in the last test they played.

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @ SLisBestinEarth this is not sri lankas maiden win...its there second.. Have England ever won a world cup in 50 overs.... I dont remember mate..

  • Milinda on April 26, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Fabrace would regret this decision very soon.... He became known cos of the lankans cricketers and by jumping the ship so soon and etc, he is going to get hurt cos England team is no where near the quality of the lankans.. (In shorter forms for sure), even in tests, we shall see what happens..

    All the best and a sweet revenge for the lions is due.. !!

  • SLisbest on April 26, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    I agree Paul Farbrace is the great coach any national side like to have. Sri lankan Board find the spark in him & appointed him as a coach. I doubt without Paul Farbrace, Would Lanka had won Asia Cup && World T20 cup? No. Its Paul Farbrace strategy , work ethics made srilanka their maiden title. Lankans loss ECB's gain

  • Ramzi on April 26, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    @NP_NY after retirment of arjuna,aravinda and sath alotz of ppl said so thr z nt all about depending on one or two players itz a team game which SL shows in Wt20 whr every other team depend on induviduals SL not.

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