Westwood handed Edgbaston role

08 November 2017 06:18:04 EST

Former club captain Ian Westwood has been appointed as Warwickshire's new development coach.

The appointment of the 35-year-old - who quit professional cricket midway through the 2017 season - follows the recruitment of Graeme Welch as bowling coach last week.

He will work with players across the academy and professional teams on improving their batting skills and as a mentor in a newly-created role at Edgbaston.

Ashley Giles, sport director at Warwickshire, said: "Ian's knowledge and experience make him a great asset to our coaching team in this new position.

"One of our top objectives is to translate a far greater proportion of the talented youngsters within the club into first-team players than has been the case for the last 20 years.

"To that end we particularly wanted someone who knows what it takes, in terms of skills and behaviours, to move from academy ranks into the pro staff and Ian will work closely with our best developing players to help them make this transition.

"Ian will also play an important mentoring role with our young players to ensure that they understand what is required to play at the top level. It is an innovative role to which he is ideally-suited and which he has fulfilled, in an informal way, in recent years as a senior player always keen to help and advise the younger guys.

"Ian will also act as a scout for us when our increasingly active scouting network pinpoints players who may potentially strengthen the first-team squad."

Westwood first played for the club a quarter of a century ago as an Under-10 and captained the first XI during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

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