It is recently revealed that Neil Killeen bids goodbye to Durham and signed as England’s fast bowling coach before a tightly packed schedule coming up this year.
English board has signed a contract with Neil and handed over their elite pacers’ race in his hands after Jon Lawis’ contract going to get closed soon.
Neil Killeen has left @DurhamCricket to become English cricket’s elite pace bowling coach.
The former seamer held the same role at his county, aiding the development of international players including Mark Wood & Matthew Potts.
He previously worked with England’s one-day squad. pic.twitter.com/B9uJ5xW5QT
— Metro Radio News (@MetroRadioNews) January 11, 2023
The mentioned former fast bowler has been along with Durham for 30 years and winded up his playing career in 2010 with exactly 613 wickets in hand through all formats.
He has already been chosen and seconded for the England ODI squad, under-19s, and England lions before landing on the senior side of the said team. Neil is excited about the opportunity and shows his gratitude with the words like:
“I am delighted to be appointed elite pace bowling coach with the ECB and can’t wait to get started with the new challenges.”
He further added, “It is an exciting time to be joining the ECB, as there is a wealth of fast bowling talent and coaching around the country that I am looking forward to working with to maintain England’s strong contingent of pace bowlers in the future.”
“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Durham for their continued support both as a player and a coach over the last 30 years, it has been a great journey.”
Mo Bobat, England’s director of performance also has some views to express about Neil. So, he stated that “Neil has a proven track record of developing world-class pace bowlers and, at a time when we have an abundance of pace-bowling talent, having someone of his quality to oversee their progress, as well as work with counties on their programs, represents a real asset for us.”
“In addition to supporting the six players currently on pace bowling development contracts, Neil’s coaching will focus primarily at Lions level, but will also see him move up and down the pathway, working with England bowlers and our Young Lions program.”
47 years old Killeen has already coached multiple big players like Ben Stokes, Matthew Potts, Mark Wood, and Brydon Carse.