[caption id="attachment_813857" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-813857" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Andre-Nel.jpg" alt="Andre Nel" width="628" height="355" /> Andre Nel (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former South Africa pacer Andre Nel has been named as the assistant head coach and bowling coach of English county club Essex. <p></p> <p></p>Nel, 41, will serve as a deputy to head coach Anthony McGrath having played for Essex between 2005 and 2008. He will replace Dmitri Mascarenhas who left following the end of his year-long contract. <p></p> <p></p>"It s a great opportunity and I ve only ever heard good things about Anthony McGrath as a Coach, and I can t wait to start working alongside him and the rest of the team out in Abu Dhabi this week," Nel, who played 36 Tests, 79 ODIs and 2 T0Is during his seven-year international career, said on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>He added, "As a former Essex player I know it s a fantastic Club to be involved with and since leaving I ve always followed from afar. I m really eager to get working with such a talented group of players and contribute to the future success of the Club." <p></p> <p></p>Nel has had previous coaching experiences in South Africa as the head coach of Phantom for two seasons of Ram Slam T20 competition. <p></p> <p></p>He later went on to join Easterns where he initially made his name. Since 2016, the right-arm pacer was associated with the South African National Cricket Academy as the assistant and bowling coach. <p></p> <p></p>McGrath welcomed Nel's appointment saying the South African brings with him immense wealth of experience. <p></p> <p></p>"Andre played cricket at an elite level throughout his entire career and brings with him a huge wealth of cricket experience and knowledge. Being a former Essex player, he also has a good understanding of the Club, our fans and the ethos," McGrath said. <p></p> <p></p>He continued, "I know our bowlers are especially happy he s on board and are looking forward to working with him, and the whole squad will profit from his technical and tactical knowledge."