Derbyshire revamp coaching team

  • Last Updated: February 3 2014, 8:06 GMT

Derbyshire have added four new faces to their coaching team as they build towards the new County Championship season.

Ant Botha: Back at Derbyshire in a coaching role
Ant Botha: Back at Derbyshire in a coaching role

John Sadler, Simon Guy, Cookie Patel and Ant Botha have been added to the backroom team and join existing coaches Stephen Stubbings and AJ Harris at the County Ground.

Elite cricket performance director Graeme Welch saying the additions signal the club's "long-term ambition."

Welch will lead on seam bowling and will be supported by Harris, who will also focus on academy development, while Sadler - who has established his own coaching academy based in Yorkshire - takes up the role of batting coach and he will be supported by Stubbings.

Former Derbyshire captain Botha has returned from his coaching position in Australia to work with the club's spin bowling group and will assist in coaching batsmen, while ECB women's fielding coach Patel joins as a specialist fielding coach and Guy as specialist wicketkeeping coach.

Welch said: "The new elite performance coaching structure shows our long-term ambition.

"We're delighted with the calibre of coaches we've been able to attract and it's notable that our management and support team now boasts a combined total of way over 700 first-class appearances.

"Every member of the elite coaching team has earned their place. They're all leaders within their disciplines and will bring great knowledge and expertise to the team.

"It will give our players, from grassroots right through to the professional game, the best possible preparation and support."

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