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The 41-year-old has been with Essex before as a player, helping them win the 40-over competition in 2005. © Getty
Former South Africa bowler Andre Nel has been appointed as the assistant head coach and bowling coach for Essex, and will work alongside head coach Anthony McGrath at the club. Nel will be leaving his current head coach role with the Easterns in South Africa to take up this new role.
The 41-year-old has been with Essex before as a player, helping them win the 40-over competition in 2005.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’ve only ever heard good things about Anthony McGrath as a coach, and I can’t wait to start working alongside him and the rest of the team out in Abu Dhabi this week,” Nel said. “As a former Essex player I know it’s a fantastic club to be involved with and since leaving I’ve always followed from afar. I’m really eager to get working with such a talented group of players and contribute to the future success of the club.”
Nel retired as a player in 2013, and has had a few coaching stints since then. He was the head coach of Phantoms in the 2014 and 2015 Ram Slam campaigns, before taking over the head coaching duties with the Easterns. Since 2016, Nel has also been an assistant & bowling coach at the South African National Cricket Academy during the close season.
Head coach Anthony McGrath said that he was pleased to have someone who’s played for the club as a coach.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to bring Andre to Chelmsford. Andre played cricket at an elite level throughout his entire career and brings with him a huge wealth of cricket experience and knowledge. Being a former Essex player, he also has a good understanding of the club, our fans and the ethos.
“I know our bowlers are especially happy he’s on board and are looking forward to working with him, and the whole squad will profit from his technical and tactical knowledge.”