Durham name James Franklin coach for two years
James Franklin, 38, will start working at the Riverside in February. (File photo, Getty)

The former New Zealand allrounder James Franklin has been appointed head coach of Durham, for a two-year period.

Franklin, who featured in 110 ODIs, 38 T20Is and 31 Tests between 2001 and 2013, takes over from Geoff Cook and will be assisted by former Durham players Neil Killeen and Alan Walker. Durham announced on Wednesday that Killeen will also serve as bowling coach, while Walker will focus on second-team cricket.

On the English county circuit, Franklin, 38, has played for Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Essex, Nottinghamshire and Middlesex, whom he captained to the County Championship title in 2016. (READ MORE: Paul Collingwood’s farewell marred by Durham’s shock defeat)

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the coaching programme at Durham Cricket and I cannot wait to join up with the playing squad and the rest of the support staff,” said Franklin. “There is no doubt that it has been a challenging couple of years for Durham but now it is about moving forward, making progress both on and off the field and once again striving to make Durham one of the powers of the English Domestic Competition. I really hope we can make all our loyal, passionate supporters proud of us as a club as we work incredibly hard to achieve our goals for 2019 and beyond.”

Added Durham’s director of cricket Marcus North: “Following an extensive recruitment process, it became clear that James was by far the best fit for Durham. I am extremely excited for James’s arrival and look forward to working with him during this new chapter for Durham Cricket.”

In the 2018 County Championship, Durham finished eighth out of ten teams in Division Two.