Neil Killeen has been named the fast bowling coach for the men’s national squad by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Jon Lewis will be replaced by Killeen, who will begin working on the England men’s pathway programs on January 18. After 30 years, the 47-year-old breaks his long-standing ties to Durham, his native county, in order to fill Lewis’ vacancy after he resigned from his post in November. It is thought that Killeen would concentrate on training and preparing the upcoming generation to become highly skilled professional cricketers.
“I’m delighted to be appointed Elite Pace Bowling Coach with the ECB and can’t wait to get started with a new challenge. It’s an exciting time to be joining the ECB, as there is a wealth of fast-bowling talent and coaching around the country that I’m looking forward to working with in order to maintain England’s strong contingent of pace bowlers in the future,” Killeen was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Durham for the continued support both as a player and a coach over the last 30 years, it has been a great journey. A big thank you also to all the members for their continued support throughout my career. I look forward to returning and watching alongside them in the future. It has been an honor to represent the club and I would like to wish them continued success in the future,” he added.
Before he began coaching, Killeen played in over 350 matches in a variety of formats between 1992 and 2010. In his most recent position, he also served as Durham’s assistant lead and head bowling coach. Ben Stokes, the Test captain, Mark Wood, Brydon Carse, and Matthew Potts were all developed at Durham under Killeen’s guidance. In the past, he has also worked with England’s ODI team, England Lions, and England U19s.