SOMERSET head coach Andy Hurry will take charge of the England squad for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament which takes place later this month in Kowloon, writes Richard Walsh.
This is the second time that Hurry has been recognised by the England hierarchy, having gone as Andy Flower’s assistant earlier in the year when the national side beat Pakistan in a T20 and ODI series in the middle-east.
Hurry said: “This is a very exciting opportunity because it allows me to put my name out there, but for me its more about working young and exciting players and what we can achieve together in what is recognised as a well-organised competition which has traditionally been won by teams from Asia and the Southern Hemisphere.
“It will be nice to put a marker down and be involved with an England side that can bring this Hong Kong Sixes trophy home.”
Hurry is one of the seven Somerset representatives who will be on England international duty during the close season.
Leading run scorer Nick Compton will be going on the England Test tour to India, which departs on October 25, Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter are also travelling to India in November as part of the England Performance Programme squad.
Craig and Jamie Overton are members of the Potential Emerging Players Programme fast bowling squad and will divide their time between Taunton and Loughborough this winter.
The final Somerset representative is Darren Veness who will be working with the Overtons and the rest of the England PEPP as the strength and conditioning coach.
Meanwhile Somerset have made their first signing when they announced that Chris Taylor is joining them as full-time fielding coach for the 2013 season.
Chief executive Guy Lavender said: “We are delighted that Chris Taylor has come on board and it’s fantastic as a club to be able to bring in top quality specialist coaches. Chris did a fantastic job working with us on a limited basis last summer.”