Warwickshire have engaged former county wicketkeeper Tony Frost as their new part-time batting coach.
Frost, 36, will combine his new coaching duties with existing day job as a member of the Edgbaston groundstaff and will fill the gap left by the death of Neal Abberley in August.
Frost is coaching at Edgbaston at the moment while Warwickshire’s director of coaching Ashley Giles and academy director Dougie Brown are away on a Level Four coaching course at Loughborough University.
He will provide specialist one-to-one coaching with the batsmen and also work with reserve wicketkeeper Richard Johnson as well as working as part of new head groundsman Gary Barwell’s team.
Frost played for Warwickshire from 1994 to 2009 though he had a season out of first-class cricket in 2007 while he trained as a groundsman.
Though Frost played mainly as a wicketkeeper he was also selected on occasions as a specialist batsman and made 4,779 first-class runs, including six centuries, in 120 matches.
Meanwhile Warwickshire opening batsman Ian Westwood has had an operation on a hernia problem that troubled him in the final weeks of last season.
The operation is described as routine and Westwood is expected to be able to resume full training after Christmas.