Veteran English cricketer Neil Killeen has been appointed as the bowling coach of the England men’s national cricket team. The England Cricket Board (ECB) addressed the media and made the official announcement on Thursday.
The 47-year-old Neil Killeen had a terrific association with the Durham County club that lasted for 30 years. Killeen will face the space after Jon Lewis stepped down from the role and took the role of Head Coach of England women’s national cricket team.
Neil Killeen has been an amazing professional for England who has developed many emerging talents. Killeen will now work with the national team setup and focus on developing the frontline bowling attack in the wake of the upcoming World Cup.
Killen coached England for Netherlands’ series
Neil Killeen was previously part of England’s setup for international fixtures. Killeen was England’s bowling coach for the Netherlands tour last year. Besides, he has worked closely alongside the team’s newly appointed white-ball coach Matthew Motts. Killeen also had a brief stint for England Lions who were in preparations for the Pakistan test series. While galvanizing the Lions squad, Killeen worked with ace England bowlers including James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Jofra Archer.
Neil Killeen’s association with Durham is simply extraordinary. He has played over 300+ competitive fixtures for the club and remains the leading wicket-taker in the List A circuit. He was also the stand-in head coach of the club after James Franklin’s contract had elapsed. During his tenure with Durham, Killeen has played a prominent role in the development of stunning English talent including Ben Stokes and Matthew Potts.
Neil Killeen will join the England contingent ahead of the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. He addressed the media and stated that he is truly honoured after his appointment and will work closely with the team to achieve greater heights in the near future.