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Matt Walker to join England coaching staff for T20 tri-series

Matt Walker had a long career in county cricket Getty Images

Matt Walker, the Kent coach, is to join the England management team for the T20 tri-series involving Australia and New Zealand in February.

An England team spokesman confirmed a report in the Sun stating that Walker made a good impression on the England management team when he was invited to join a couple of training sessions earlier in the summer.

His Kent team are currently placed fifth in Division Two of the County Championship and go into the final round of NatWest Blast games with a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Walker, now aged 43 and a veteran of almost two decades as a batsman in the county game, will replace England assistant coach Paul Farbrace for that section of England's winter schedule. But while Farbrace will be allowed a month to rest, the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, is currently planning on taking charge of the entire five-month tour.