17th Sep, 2019

Bears make long-time player Ian Westwood new development coach

Shaun Reynolds 9th Nov, 2017 Updated: 9th Nov, 2017

CRICKET: Warwickshire have continued their back-room restructuring with the appointment of Ian Westwood as development coach.

Westwood, who retired as a player last June, will work with players across the academy and professional teams on improving their batting skills and as a mentor in a new role developed at the club.

It will be the latest chapter of the 35-year-old’s long association with the Bears.

After coming through the age-groups at Edgbaston he made his County Championship debut against Northamptonshire in the last match of 2004 when the Championship trophy was presented to the Bears after the first day.

In a long career as opening batsman Westwood went on to score 8,077 first-class runs at an average of 33.10. He captained Warwickshire in 2009 and 2010, during which time the foundations were put in place for success to follow, notably the County Championship triumph of 2012.

Westwood said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to remain with the club I have been with since the age of ten.

“I was lucky enough to be part of a number of trophy-winning Bears sides and now want to help ensure there is a flow of quality young players, particularly batsmen, coming through to deliver success for Warwickshire in the future.”

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