England news April 25, 2014

'Could not refuse England' - Farbrace

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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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  • KingOwl 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!

  • SLfan 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 !

  • 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.

  • ruester 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??????

  • 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

  • StevieS 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.

  • 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..

  • MilindaDESILVA 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.. !!

  • SLisBestinEarth 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

  • ramz_01 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.

  • KingOwl 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!

  • SLfan 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 !

  • 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.

  • ruester 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??????

  • 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

  • StevieS 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.

  • 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..

  • MilindaDESILVA 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.. !!

  • SLisBestinEarth 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

  • ramz_01 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.

  • SLSup on April 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Reaction to RednWhiteArmy: Haha. I am not sure SL cricketers feel sorry that Farbrace left. Don't take Sanath Jayasuriay's hype too seriously. SL wasn't helpless ever, if at all SL has only being HELPLESS to do anything about it's cricket board! SLC is rattle snake country where all they do is rattle.

    Glad you are excited. For your sake I hope England do well. After all, it wouldn't be good losing to little SL, too, after the Ashes drubbing, right? : ) Let's see how ENG will do against SL (about whom they will know everything there is to know after looking just for that with Farbrace saga). Here's to England! (cos the SL that turn up will be SOBER and Angry).

  • on April 25, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Me Paul I know it's a dream come true but dreams don't last too long! If you did the Sri Lanka job for a bit longer you would have become ECB head coach after Peter Moores will be sacked for the second time! Now I m not sure!

  • NP_NY on April 25, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Fabrace knows SL is on its way down with the final few stalwarts nearing retirement. After Sanga and Mahela go, with Malinga getting old, SL's future doesn't look great outside of T20. Fabrace doesn't want to be the scapegoat.

  • on April 25, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Who says England, ECB and English cricketers are gentlemen. They are the worst in the present day cricket. ECB thought it was because of Fabrace that Sri Lanka won the World T20 Trophy. No not at all. It was the Sri Lankan cricketers who won that silverware. ECB made a mistake. God bless England Team against Sri Lanka.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 25, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Dunno much about PF but hope he is competent. Im sorry for SL but you'll survive. Not sure what England's team is right now & its exciting times. Team should be 1 Cook (c) 2 Compton 3 Ballance 4 Bell 5 Moeen Ali 6 Stokes 7 Prior(wk) 8 Borthwick 9 Broad 10 Anderson 11 Onions. Bats well down to 8, 4 seamers, a leg-spinner & an off-spinner.

  • amumtaz on April 25, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Disappointed to see him give up Sri Lanka for England. Will probably never get an international gig after such a swift departure.

  • SLMaster on April 25, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Farbrace must understand any opportunity is long lasting. Even the best did not last. More important thing is building a ethical relationship with everyone regardless.

  • Pubs1978 on April 25, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    It's alright for any person to leave a job but in this instance ECB has not acted ethically. ECB could have waited till the SL tour to UK is over to recruit Fabrace since Fabrace has inside knowledge regarding SL players & plans. ECB or Fabrace can't wait for 1 month which shows the low quality of the institution and Fabrace

    I have always believed England were a nation which has strong ethical code of conduct where ECB represents England and not an individual or a private institution so this proves that England is much worse than the third world countries. What's the use of having ethical codes and governing bodies for ethical conduct when one of your top institutions with government backing has scant regard for ethics !!!! . God bless England ?

  • cloudmess on April 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Paul Farbrace's role is curious, because he is working as an understudy to someone who, unlike Farbrace, has never coached outside of England. It makes it likelier that Moores' appointment was purely political, that the ECB know deep down that he is not of international standard, and that Farbrace will be ready to step in and take over a year or so down the line. Probably the day after KP retires.

  • on April 25, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Glad to see that he is loyal to England.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    You got to be realistic. This is not the early days of cricket...The game has gone beyond being a 'gentleman's game'. It's like the premier League. One day you are the manager at Liverpool the next you are head- hunted for Barcelona or Bayen Munchen. The sooner SL cricket fans understand this the better. Don't expect loyalty and stuff from any coach. Its hard cash that steers everything...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on April 25, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Well at least we know he is loyal lol!

  • ksquared on April 25, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Wish u all the best after 24th of June 2014........... ;)

  • on April 25, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    In the end it is money that makes all the difference....read some where that High School teachers in UK make more money than the head coach of Sri Lankan Cricket....Farbace will be definetely missed however....tit for tat for the sri lankan board....they sacked geoff marsh without any intimation....farbace has returned the favour

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  • on April 25, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    In the end it is money that makes all the difference....read some where that High School teachers in UK make more money than the head coach of Sri Lankan Cricket....Farbace will be definetely missed however....tit for tat for the sri lankan board....they sacked geoff marsh without any intimation....farbace has returned the favour

  • ksquared on April 25, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Wish u all the best after 24th of June 2014........... ;)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on April 25, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Well at least we know he is loyal lol!

  • Lord.emsworth on April 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    You got to be realistic. This is not the early days of cricket...The game has gone beyond being a 'gentleman's game'. It's like the premier League. One day you are the manager at Liverpool the next you are head- hunted for Barcelona or Bayen Munchen. The sooner SL cricket fans understand this the better. Don't expect loyalty and stuff from any coach. Its hard cash that steers everything...

  • on April 25, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Glad to see that he is loyal to England.

  • cloudmess on April 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Paul Farbrace's role is curious, because he is working as an understudy to someone who, unlike Farbrace, has never coached outside of England. It makes it likelier that Moores' appointment was purely political, that the ECB know deep down that he is not of international standard, and that Farbrace will be ready to step in and take over a year or so down the line. Probably the day after KP retires.

  • Pubs1978 on April 25, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    It's alright for any person to leave a job but in this instance ECB has not acted ethically. ECB could have waited till the SL tour to UK is over to recruit Fabrace since Fabrace has inside knowledge regarding SL players & plans. ECB or Fabrace can't wait for 1 month which shows the low quality of the institution and Fabrace

    I have always believed England were a nation which has strong ethical code of conduct where ECB represents England and not an individual or a private institution so this proves that England is much worse than the third world countries. What's the use of having ethical codes and governing bodies for ethical conduct when one of your top institutions with government backing has scant regard for ethics !!!! . God bless England ?

  • SLMaster on April 25, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Farbrace must understand any opportunity is long lasting. Even the best did not last. More important thing is building a ethical relationship with everyone regardless.

  • amumtaz on April 25, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Disappointed to see him give up Sri Lanka for England. Will probably never get an international gig after such a swift departure.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 25, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Dunno much about PF but hope he is competent. Im sorry for SL but you'll survive. Not sure what England's team is right now & its exciting times. Team should be 1 Cook (c) 2 Compton 3 Ballance 4 Bell 5 Moeen Ali 6 Stokes 7 Prior(wk) 8 Borthwick 9 Broad 10 Anderson 11 Onions. Bats well down to 8, 4 seamers, a leg-spinner & an off-spinner.