The former Warwickshire and England star, Dermot Reeve, has been announced as the high performance coach for a club side in Australia, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Reeve has taken up the role at Sydney based Shires side North West Sydney Hurricanes.
Reeve enjoyed a fantastic playing career with Warwickshire in England. He played for the county between 1988 and 1996. He became captain in 1993 and, in the following season, he led his side to a domestic treble, winning the County Championship, the AXA Equity and Law League and the Benson & Hedges Cup.
In the same season they were also runners-up in the Nat West Trophy final. In 1995 Reeve led Warwickshire to the County Championship title once again.
He left the club halfway through the 1996 season but not before he was awarded an OBE for his services to cricket and also named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
The 51-year-old, born in Hong Kong, played a total of 29 ODIs, including games at the 1992 and 1996 World Cups, and three Test matches for England. He was regarded as a fantastic ODI cricketer and was arguably under-used by England during his career in this format of the game.
Reeve's career has often courted controversy though. Whilst in England he admitted taking drugs, during the winter months, whilst playing at Warwickshire. He was often controversial in his career as a TV commentator as well, and then during his coaching career in New Zealand he accused Ravi Bopara of ball-tampering during a match.
He also had a very lucrative business selling memorabilia on the internet but he was forced to stop his venture after question marks were raised over the validity of the items he sold.
Reeve emigrated to Australia in 2005 to enjoy life with his family and has recently been involved with Blacktown Cricket Club as head coach.
His additional role at the Hurricanes will no doubt excite their club, particularly as Reeve can draw on a career full of achievements and experiences. He is no stranger to Australian cricket either as he enjoyed a long period playing grade cricket in Perth from 1981 to 1992.
The Hurricanes are looking to make the step up from Shires cricket to the much stronger Grade cricket and are also in negotiations with Hawkesbury Cricket Club, already in the Sydney Grade competition, about a possible merger in the future.
The Hurricanes season begins in earnest on the 27th September and I expect Reeve to have his side well-drilled for the upcoming season where hopes are high.
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