41-year-old former England National Cricket Team all-rounder Michael Yardy, who was part of the team’s 15-man ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 squad, has been appointed as the new head coach of the England Under-19 Men’s Cricket Team.
Yardy played international cricket for the Three Lions from 2006 to 2011. He represented England in 28 ODIs, scoring 326 runs while taking 21 wickets. He also played 14 T20Is and scored 96 runs while taking 11 wickets.
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Michael Yardy, whose career in England effectively ended when he flew home with clinical depression three days before the quarter-finals of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, was part of England’s 2010 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup-winning squad.
Yardy joined England U-19 from Sussex CCC where he took on the role of Academy Director. He had previously held coaching roles with New South Wales and Kent CCC. Michael Yardy will replace Richard Dawson, who has joined Matthew Mott’s England white-ball coaching team.
I am very excited to take on the role of Young Lions Head Coach – Michael Yardy
Yardy, while talking about his appointment, said he is delighted to take over as the head coach of the England U-19 team.
“I am very excited to take on the role of Young Lions Head Coach. It is a privilege to work with young players who want to take the next step in their career and I look forward to the challenge of doing that at an international level,” Yardy said, quoted by ECB.
“The Young Lions program has helped develop some very talented players in recent years and it is an exciting prospect to be part of that work and help identify and improve future men’s England cricketers.”
Player Identification and Talent Pathway Lead, David Court, said during a conversation about Yardy’s appointment:
“We are delighted to have Mike join us as our Young Lions Head Coach and he brings a fantastic range of relevant experiences.
“The Young Lions program aims to inspire and develop players through unique and challenging experiences, and Mike’s time in domestic cricket, international cricket and more recently his time spent leading the development of talented young cricketers in Sussex will be a huge asset to us.
“I would like to thank Sussex for their support during this recruitment process and wish Mike all the best in his new role.”
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