FORMER Somerset Cricket Club captain Jamie Cox has been appointed as talent manager within Cricket Tasmania's High Performance Department.

The Tasmania native, 49, was Somerset skipper between 1999 and 2002, and the last man to lift silverware at Lord's for the county – the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in September 2001.

He remained in Taunton until the end of the 2004 campaign, when he returned Down Under.

In those six seasons, the Australian passed 1,000 runs in four of the campaigns, and scored 17 centuries.

He continued playing until 2006, after which he worked for the Australian Institute of Sport and South Australian Cricket Association.

Since 2015 he has worked at AFL club St Kilda, based in Melbourne, and he will divide his time between his role as head of emerging football programs there, and this new role with Cricket Tasmania.

Cox played 161 First Class matches for Tasmania between 1987 and 2005, becoming the Australian domestic competition’s second-highest run scorer behind Darren Lehmann

Cox told the Cricket Tasmania website: "I owe a lot to Tasmanian Cricket for the career opportunities that I have been fortunate to experience over the past decade.

"I remain deeply passionate about seeing Tasmanian Cricket be successful.

"I'm looking forward to reconnecting with some great people and helping wherever I can to develop male and female talent of international quality."