Walker puts Kent above England

Paul Farbrace is in temporary charge of England Getty Images

Matt Walker has withdrawn from England's tri-series against Australia and New Zealand due to his commitments with Kent.

While Walker, the Kent head coach, had previously indicated to the England team management that he was keen to take the opportunity to join the coaching unit during the T20 tournament, he contacted head coach, Trevor Bayliss, on Friday night to inform him of his unavailability. Kent are intending to spend February playing cricket overseas as part of their pre-season plans.

"I have been asked. But I'm unable to do it because of my commitments with Kent. It coincides with hopefully going abroad," Walker told Kent Online. "You can't have your head coach not being around for the whole of that pre-season trip. It makes no sense to me, so yes, great to be asked, really honoured and hopefully another opportunity will arise in the future.

"It's very flattering absolutely. I'm chuffed to bits. It's a shame I can't do it, I would've loved to have been involved with England over that period but my priority is with Kent."

The original plan was for Walker to replace England's assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, for the tri-series section of the tour allowing Farbrace a month off during a hectic winter. It is understood England will continue to search for a suitable stand-in.