sport

England confirm Farbrace deal

England have confirmed Paul Farbrace has been appointed assistant to new head coach Peter Moores and will begin work immediately.

The 46-year-old joins Moores' staff after the English and Wales Cricket Board struck a deal with their counterparts Sri Lankan Cricket to release him from his role as Sri Lanka head coach.

ECB chief executive David Collier said: "We are grateful to SLC for their understanding and co-operation in releasing Paul from his contract in order to achieve his desire to return to England and to allow him to work with Peter Moores.

"Paul developed his coaching through the ECB's Level Four programme and brings substantial international experience to the new Team England management."

Fantastic

Farbrace, who guided Sri Lanka to glory in the World T20 and the Asia Cup, said: "It's fantastic to be given the opportunity to work with your own country's national team and this was an offer that I could not turn down - much as I have enjoyed working with the Sri Lankan players and sharing in their recent success.

"I am particularly relishing the chance to work more closely with Peter as we undertook the Level Four Coaching programme together and have known each other since we were both young wicketkeepers on the county circuit together.

"It will also be great to renew acquaintances with Alastair Cook and other senior players whom I worked with earlier in my coaching career with England's age-group teams."

England Head Coach Peter Moores welcomed Farbrace's appointment and added: "I am looking forward to getting down to work with Paul in the next few days.

"We have a lot of work to do in a short time as we prepare for the fast-approaching international season. There is no doubt Paul will bring a lot of recent international experience to the England set-up."