Rhodes’ ‘hon­our’ to lead the Lions

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Marshall

WORCESTERSHIRE di­rec­tor of cricket Steve Rhodes says he is hon­oured to have been named in­terim head coach of Eng­land Young Lions at the U19 World Cup.

Rhodes has been called in to re­place Andy Hurry af­ter he was ap­pointed as Som­er­set’s new di­rec­tor of cricket and will lead the side in Jan­uary’s tour­na­ment.

“It is an hon­our to be asked to work for your coun­try at any level and I’m re­ally ex­cited about this chance to work with the Young Lions this win­ter,” Rhodes said.

“I re­ally en­joyed my time with the Lions in Dubai and learned a lot from work­ing in an in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment which I’ve been able to take back to Worces­ter for the last cou­ple of sea­sons.

“I’m grate­ful to ev­ery­one at Worcestershire for al­low­ing me to take this op­por­tu­nity and I’m lucky to have such high-qual­ity staff who will rel­ish the ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity with me be­ing away.

“My com­mit­ments with the Young Lions will end in early Fe­bru­ary at the end of the Un­der-19s World Cup which means I’ll be back in plenty of time to pre­pare for the 2018 sea­son so it fits in well.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of work­ing with a new group of tal­ented young play­ers at in­ter­na­tional level.”

ECB per­for­mance di­rec­tor David Par­sons reck­ons Rhodes is the per­fect man to re­place Hurry.

He added: “Los­ing Andy at the start of a busy and chal­leng­ing win­ter left us need­ing to find a high­qual­ity re­place­ment.

“We are grate­ful to Worcestershire for al­low­ing Steve to join us. He is a highly ex­pe­ri­enced and re­spected coach as a re­sult of his suc­cess with Worcestershire. His ap­point­ment al­lows us to take our time over search­ing for a per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor.

“Steve has al­ready made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Eng­land Lions in their train­ing camp in Dubai and white-ball se­ries against Pak­istan A in the win­ter of 2015-16. He has also spent time with the se­nior Eng­land set-up over the last two sum­mers.

“Worcestershire have an out­stand­ing record of con­tribut­ing play­ers to all lev­els in re­cent years, with five in­volved again this win­ter – in­clud­ing Adam Finch and Dil­lon Pen­ning­ton in the Young Lions squad.”

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