Toby Bailey to coach Argentina

Toby Bailey during his Northamptonshire days Argentine Cricket Association

Toby Bailey, the former Northamptonshire wicketkeeper, has been appointed Argentina's national coach. Bailey, 33, takes over from Hamish Barton, who has taken up a position with New Zealand Cricket.

Bailey will take charge of the men's senior team, the women's national team as well as the Under-19 squad. He will also work with different age groups at the national high performance program.

"This is a fantastic opportunity, and it's going to be an exciting challenge to take Argentina forward as a cricket nation in the months ahead," Bailey said. "I have heard much about the talent on offer, and am looking forward to working with all the players and trying to get the best out of them, individually and as a team."

Argentine Cricket Association CEO Grant Dugmore said he was delighted to recruit an experienced county professional.

"We had 58 applications for the post, many of an extremely high quality, but Toby's application was one of those that stood out from the beginning," Dugmore said. "We are delighted he has accepted the challenge of developing the best Argentine players to greater heights in the future, and we are confidently looking forward to a positive era ahead for our national teams."

Bailey played 52 first-class games and 78 limited-overs games for Northamptonshire between 1996 and 2004, and captained the MCC on its recent tour to Mozambique. He also has an ECB Level 3 coaching certificate.