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Robert Croft has been appointed Glamorgan head coach.

Robert Croft named Glamorgan head coach

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Glamorgan have named Robert Croft as their new head coach.

The former England and Glamorgan spinner replaces Toby Radford, who left the position in December after two years in charge of the Welsh county.

A statement on www.glamorgancricket.com read: "Glamorgan County Cricket Club have concluded their search for a new head coach with the appointment of Robert Croft.

"Croft, 45, has signed a rolling contract at The SSE SWALEC after emerging as the preferred candidate following a recruitment process led by chief executive Hugh Morris."

Croft made his Glamorgan debut in 1989 and helped them win the County Championship in 1997 and Sunday League in 1993.

He played 21 Tests and 50 one-day internationals for England before retiring from first-class cricket at the end of the 2012 season, and for the last three years has been an assistant coach with Glamorgan.

Croft is currently working with England in South Africa as consultant spin bowling coach but will return to Cardff next week to oversee pre-season preparations with the Division Two side.

He said: "Glamorgan has been my home club for 28 years as a player and a coach and it was a very special moment when I was offered the chance to lead this group of players.

"I'm under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge that we will face but I have taken it on knowing that there is a collective desire to drive things forwards."

Chief executive Hugh Morris said: "There was significant interest in the role from a broad spectrum of coaching talent and while rival candidates had their merits, we concluded that Robert was the best man for the job."

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