Farbrace embraces Bears challenge

14 March 2019 11:10:04 EST

Paul Farbrace says he is excited to take on a new challenge, having agreed to become the new sporting director of Warwickshire.

The 51-year-old has ended a five-year stint as assistant coach of the England team to succeed Ashley Giles at Edgbaston, with Farbrace having also enjoyed a spell as coach of Sri Lanka earlier on in his career.

He told BBC WM: "Normally in sport, you come into a job when thgs have perhaps not been going so well. This is an opportunity to come into a set-up where things have.

"I've gained quite a lot of experience in my years of coaching, I'm keen to use that and test myself as well.

"You could stay in a bit of a comfort zone as an assistant coach. With this, you're doing something different.

"For me, that was something that really appealed in this very wide and varied role."

Warwickshire won the County Championship Division Two title last summer to secure an immediate return to the first tier of English four-day cricket.

In the Royal London Cup they finished in fifth place in the North Group to miss out on the knockout stages of the tournament, while in the T20 Blast the Birmingham Bears were eliminated at the group stage as they ended in sixth place in the North Division.

Warwickshire are 40/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Yorkshire priced at 4/1 and Nottinghamshire 33/1.

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