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Somerset’s director of high performance, Andy Hurry, has been appointed to take charge of the England Development Programme at the National Cricket Academy in Loughborough.
Hurry, who is a former Royal Marine fitness instructor, has worked with Somerset for the past 13 years and was even their head coach from 2006 to 2013.
He also worked with the England ODI and Twenty20 team during their tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they played Pakistan in 2012.
“I am departing with a very heavy heart having enjoyed the most incredible journey at Somerset since arriving in 2001,” Hurry said. “I am very proud of the small part I have played in building this magnificent club and it has been an immense privilege to lead and coach an amazing group of players over many years.
“I am incredibly grateful for the help and support of the club, coaches and members and I wish Somerset the very best for the future. Whilst it is difficult to leave, I am hugely excited by this new appointment and the opportunity to help build the next generation of England players.”
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton added: “This is a new position which reflects the importance we place on developing talent and our desire to fully integrate the work of County academies with the existing programmes for age-group cricketers in place at the NCPC.”