Moles returns to English cricket

Former Warwickshire batsman Andy Moles will be back in England this summer as the new coach at Wellingborough School in Northamptonshire.

It will be a first coaching assignment for Moles since he resigned as New Zealand coach 18 months ago and although he will be operating at a very different level, he is relishing the challenge.

“I am looking forward to it,” Moles said. “It’s a different type of challenge to what I am used to. They are rebuilding the cricket at the school. I will not only be working closely with players of all age groups but also doing a lot of coach education.

“It’s important to develop the coaching skills of teachers at the school so that they can, in turn, improve the youngsters as cricketers.”

Moles, who turned 50 last month – a slow half-century even by his own standards – has had a busy and varied coaching career since he was forced to retire from playing in 1998 by an Achilles tendon injury, though most of it has been spent abroad.

He coached Free State in South Africa and has been national coach of Hong Kong, Kenya, Scotland and New Zealand. His stint with New Zealand was shortlived and he was effectively ousted by a cabal of senior players.

Moles also had a spell as locum coach of the England Under-19 side in 2006 when he took charge of a side that included Steven Finn, Adil Rashid and Rory Hamilton-Brown.

It is no secret that he would like to return to coach in England on a more permanent basis and has, at various times, been linked with coaching vacancies at Yorkshire, Surrey, Glamorgan and Warwickshire.

During his three months at Wellingborough, Moles hopes to be able to remind counties that he might still have something to offer to the English game.

“I have been out of the country for over ten years and it might be a case of out of sight and out of mind,” he said. “I have got an important job to do at Wellingborough but it’s also a chance for me to put myself in the shop window a bit.”

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