Alistair Brown has confirmed his return to his native Surrey after being appointed as the county’s new Second XI coach.
Brown, 41, retired from cricket at the end of the 2011 season after finishing his playing areer with a three-year stint at Nottinghamshire.
Prior to this he had been a highly-popular member of the Surrey squad from 1988 to 2008, scoring 26,392 runs in all forms of the game, winning eight trophies and lending his name to the Members’ Bar in the pavilion Long Room which honours his world record innings of 268 against Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002.
In his new role at Surrey, Brown – who has signed a two year deal – will join the coaching staff and lead the Second XI programme throughout the summer, working closely with Pemberton Greenish Academy Director Gareth Townsend and his staff to ensure that the best younger players can make the step up from academy to professional level.
During this winter he will work with other Surrey coaches in delivering winter and pre-season training for the professional squad as well assisting Townsend with the PG Academy off-season programme.
Former England one-day batsman Brown said: “I’m really looking forward to hitting the ground running and continuing the process of players coming through the Second XI and PG Academy to make an impact at first team level.
“When I left Surrey back in 2008 I always hoped I could return if the right opportunity arose. Fortunately it has and it’s very good to be back at the club I call home.”
Brown will join a restructured Surrey coaching staff that sees Chris Adams elevated to the title Team Director, leading a staff of Ian Salisbury, Martin Bicknell and Alec Stewart alongside Brown and Townsend. Adams has also signed a further year’s extension on his contract, tying him to Surrey until 2014.
As part of the new structure, Salisbury has signed a new two-year deal and adopts the title First Team Coach. There is also a new two-year deal for part-time bowling coach Bicknell.
Stewart – recently appointed as a board level Executive Director of Surrey County Cricket Club – will continue his role as a part-time coach and consultant to the squad, working across the professional set-up and the PG Academy with a particular focus on wicketkeeping and batting.
The physiotherapy department – led by former England physio Dean Conway with Alex Tysoe and Ashley Wright in support – is unaffected by the restructure and will continue as before.
Adams said: “New contracts for Ian Salisbury and Martin Bicknell are due reward for the excellent contributions they have made to the recent success of the club and I am very happy that Alec Stewart will continue his work with the players on top of his new commitments on the board.
“With myself and these three individuals we have a very strong coaching unit at Surrey into which I am delighted to welcome Ali Brown. He has a glittering career behind him and a huge amount of experience and expertise he can pass onto both our squad and the players coming through our system who will soon be pushing for a first team spot themselves.”
Richard Gould, Surrey’s chief executive, added: “The return of Ali Brown to Surrey is great news for both players and fans of the club. He is one of the most popular Surrey men of recent times and will play a key role in developing the backbone of talent within our system that we hope will one day wear the Surrey shirt with great pride and success.”