Cricket: Somerset appoint new bowling coaches

Zimbabwe's Heath Streak sweeps a ball from South African bowler Paul Adams, as wicketkeeper Mark Bou

Zimbabwe's Heath Streak sweeps a ball from South African bowler Paul Adams, as wicketkeeper Mark Boucher looks on at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (pic Tom Hevezi/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced the appointments of consulatant bowling coaches Heath Streak and Stuart Barnes.

Streak featured in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe and will be working with the squad for the duration of their pre-season in Abu Dhabi.

Barnes, who has coached Bangladesh, Surrey and England Young Lions, will be working with Somerset’s bowlers during the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said: “Heath has a vast amount of playing and coaching experience at international and domestic levels, including with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

“Stuart will be working with our bowlers throughout the duration of the Royal London One-Day Cup and will also be supporting the development of our bowlers in the 2nd XI team within this timeframe.

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“Both coaches are extremely well respected within the game and have a rich mixture of experience, both Internationally and domestically. Their appointment provides our experienced and developing bowlers with a fantastic opportunity to tap into their extensive knowledge.”

Streak added: “I’m excited to work with such an exciting group of bowlers during the pre-season campaign. Somerset has a rich history and I hope to impart some of what I’ve learnt as a player and coach onto these men so that the club continues to grow in success.”

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Meanwhile, Barnes said: “Having been born in Bath, I’m very excited to be able to work with the county I supported while growing up.

“I have the opportunity to work with a group of extremely talented and skilful bowlers and it’s my role to help them and the team achieve success. I cannot wait to get started.”

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