Heath Streak, 44, who played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe, will join the county side for their pre-season camp at Abu Dhabi. @ Twitter

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak on Thursday was appointed as the bowling coach Somerset. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Streak, 44, who played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe, will join the county side for their pre-season camp at Abu Dhabi. “I’m excited to work with such an exciting group of bowlers during the pre-season campaign,” Streak said. (ALSO READ: Azhar Ali set for Somerset return)

“Somerset has a rich history and I hope to impart some of what I’ve learnt as both a player and coach onto these men so that the club continues to grow in success.”

Streak, who was sacked as head coach by Zimbabwe Cricket after their failure to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2015, has played first-class cricket for Matabeleland, Hampshire and Warwickshire, where he has scored 5684 runs and taking 499 wickets. He has also had coaching stints with Kolkata Knight Riders, Matabeleland Tuskers, Bangladesh, Scotland and Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Somerset have signed up Stuart Barnes, the former England Young Lions, Surrey and Bangladesh bowling coach, who will coach their bowlers for their upcoming Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.

“Heath has a vast amount of playing and coaching experience at both international and domestic levels, including with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL,” Somerset director Andy Hurry said. (ALSO READ: Sussex beat Somerset to set up summit clash against Worcestershire)

“Stuart will be working with our bowlers throughout the duration of the Royal London One-Day Cup and will also be supporting the development of our bowlers in the 2nd XI team within this timeframe.

“Both coaches are extremely well respected within the game and have a rich mixture of experience, both internationally and domestically. Their appointment provides our experienced and developing bowlers with a fantastic opportunity to tap into their extensive knowledge.”