Former England batsman Rob Key was appointed new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday, setting in movement a brand new period for English cricket.

Joe Root was the most recent of a sequence of resignations when he introduced his choice to step down as England Test captain on Friday following a disastrous 12 months of red-ball cricket, together with a dismal 4-0 defeat to Australia within the Ashes.

Root’s choice left virtually an entire energy vacuum on the ECB.


Head coach Chris Silverwood, batting coach Graham Thorpe and former managing director Ashley Giles misplaced their jobs over three successive days in February following a fruitless tour to Australia.

Key has primarily labored as a commentator and pundit since his retirement from county cricket with Kent in 2015.

“It is an absolute honour to take up this position. The probability to have an effect and make a distinction is a chance given to only a few and I’ll give it every part I’ve to attempt to form the subsequent nice period of English males’s cricket,” Key mentioned in a press release.

“Although at this current moment it has been a challenging time in English cricket, I also think it’s as exciting a time as I can remember.”

One of Key’s first challenges might be to nominate a successor to Root, with Ben Stokes the favorite to take the position as considered one of few gamers assured to be within the Test workforce.

Key can even be accountable for the technique behind the England males’s cricket groups and efficiency pathways and can take a job as a part of an upcoming high-performance overview.

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As a participant, Key performed 15 Tests for England between 2002 and 2005, in addition to 5 one-day internationals and one Twenty20 worldwide.

ECB chief govt officer Tom Harrison mentioned: “Following an intensive recruitment course of, Rob stood out in a really aggressive subject.

“His ardour and data of the sport at home and worldwide stage is excellent.”

England’s summer begins with a three-Test series against New Zealand, starting on June 2, before also facing India and South Africa.

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