Bruce French, the wicket-keeper coach of England cricket team has stepped down from the position, ECB confirmed on Wednesday.
French stepped down from his designation after serving for 11 years with men and women’s teams. The reason for his resignation is he wants to spend more time with his family.
He was appointed by the ECB at the National academy before being promoted as the head coach for wicket-keeping with the national team. In his career, he has trained the likes of Matt Prior, Joss Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sarah Taylor.
Despite retiring from the position, he will continue to serve as a part-time consultant to the board in the development of the players.
“English cricket owes a huge debt of gratitude to Bruce for the fine work that he has done over a number of years,” Mo Bobat, Performance Director, England men’s cricket, said.
“For some time, we have been able to select from an oversupply of excellent wicketkeepers and Bruce has played a significant role in developing those players” he added.
During his stint with England, the side became the number one test team in 2011 and also ruled the charts for a significant time. Under his supervision, England produced one of world’s best women wicket-keepers in form of Sarah Taylor.
As a player, French played 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for England and also with Nottinghamshire where he played over 660 professional matches.
James Foster has been named his replacement of French for the upcoming South Africa tour scheduled to begin from November 27.