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Kent’s Matt Walker will join England‘s coaching staff in place of assistant coach Paul Farbrace during next year’s Tri-Nation T20I series in New Zealand; also involving Australia. Farbrace will be on a break during that phase, and Walker will replace him. England’s head coach, Trevor Bayliss was impressed with Walker during the national side’s net sessions earlier this summer. It was his upbeat personality that convinced Bayliss to give him a place in the support staff. The tri-series will commence in New Zealand in February 2018.

According to Cricbuzz, Walker, a left-handed batsman, has close to two decades of First-Class experience as a player. He began his career with Kent and spent 16 seasons with the county side before moving to Essex ahead of his retirement. The 43-year-old started his coaching career with Essex as batting coach. He took over the reins from Graham Gooch. However, he returned to Kent and assisted head coach Jimmy Adams before taking up the main job early in 2017.