Birrell takes up Hampshire role

14 December 2018 08:30:22 EST

Hampshire have appointed former Ireland head coach Adrian Birrell as their new first-team manager, with success in all formats their ultimate aim.

The 58-year-old South African was in charge of Ireland when they reached the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup and has since acted as head coach of the England Under-19 team and assistant coach of the Proteas.

And Hants director of cricket Giles White is happy that his club have made a quality addition to their set-up for the challenges ahead.

He told the county's official website: "Adi is someone who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and has a reputation for improving individual and team performance.

"He brings experience, a sense of enjoyment and a genuine passion for the game and the people that play it - I'm looking forward to working with him."

Birrell himself added: "I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of cricketers and look forward to competing for honours in all three formats."

Hants finished in fifth place in County Championship Division One last summer, while they went all the way to win the Royal London Cup, while in the T20 Blast they finished near the foot of the South Division and missed out on the knockout stages.

Hampshire are 9/2 to win County Championship Division One next summer, with Essex 6/1 and Surrey 3/1.

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