Benkenstein joins Hampshire

Dale Benkenstein has joined Hampshire as First Team Coach after leaving Durham.

The South African is the county's all-time leading run-scorer but spent most of the 2013 season on the sidelines with a serious shoulder injury and went back to South Africa over the winter to have surgery.

Benkenstein has now been released from his Durham contract early to pursue a new role at the Ageas Bowl and he is relishing the opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to what is going to be a new challenge for me," Benkenstein told Hampshire's official website.

"It's a brilliant set up here, I've spoken to the players and coaches at the club and I'm excited about what's ahead.

"I've really enjoyed my time in South Africa during the winter and it's made me look forward to coaching here at Hampshire with what is an exciting squad of players and hopefully we can have an excellent season."

Benkenstein will replace Giles White, who now becomes director of cricket, and White is delighted to welcome him to the county.

"We are delighted to have Dale on board," said White.

"He comes with a wealth of experience and an excellent reputation as a leader. We are looking forward to his involvement."

The 39-year-old was named as one of Wisden's cricketers of the year in 2009, a year after leading them to County Championship glory for the first time - his Durham career ends after scoring 9,055 first-class runs.

Durham's David Harker said: "Dale has been a tremendous servant of Durham CCC and is regarded very much as part of the Durham family.

"Although sad to see him leave we recognise the importance of a move both to Dale and his family and wish him every success in his future career development."