• Ex-SA pace ace new Essex assistant coach

    Former South African fast bowler Andre Nel has been appointed Essex’s assistant coach.

    Nel, who played 36 Tests, 79 ODIs and two T20Is between 2001 and 2008, will be head coach Anthony McGrath’s understudy.

    ‘I’m really thrilled to be joining Essex as assistant head coach and bowling coach,’ Nel told Essex’s official website.

    ‘It’s a great opportunity and I’ve only ever heard good things about Anthony as a coach, and I can’t wait to start working alongside him and the rest of the team.

    ‘As a former Essex player I know it’s a fantastic club to be involved with, and since leaving I’ve always followed from afar. I’m really eager to get working with such a talented group of players and contribute to the future success of the club.’

    The 41-year-old Nel will work alongside former Proteas spinner Simon Harmer, ex-England all-rounder Ravi Bopara and others at Essex.

    ‘It is fantastic that we’ve been able to bring Andre to Chelmsford. Andre played cricket at an elite level throughout his entire career and brings with him a huge wealth of cricket experience and knowledge. Being a former Essex player, he also has a good understanding of the club, our fans and our ethos,’ added McGrath.

    ‘I know our bowlers are especially happy he’s on board and are looking forward to working with him, and the whole squad will profit from his technical and tactical knowledge.’

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