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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 November, 2003, 12:04 GMT
Willis gets top Kent job
Simon Willis
Willis had only a brief career on the playing staff for Kent
Kent have abandoned their love-affair with Australian coaches by appointing 29-year-old Simon Willis to take responsibility of first-team duties.

Willis, the former Academy director, will be replaced in that role by Paul Farbrace. Both men have kept wicket for the county.

Chris Stone will continue in his current role as youth director.

The county's decision to appoint their new "all-Kent" team is a departure from the policies of recent seasons.

Australians Ian Brayshaw and John Inverarity have held the main coaching roles at the St Lawrence Ground for the last three seasons..

Kent's chairman of cricket Mike Denness explained: "Following Ian Brayshaw's departure at the end of September 2003, we have spent time considering the best possible coaching structure for the club.

"We have settled on an all-Kent team, having had a run of successful Australian coaches in recent years."

Kent captain David Fulton added: "I am very excited about working with three home-grown coaches, all of whom have Kent in their blood.

"It will be invaluable to have all three coaches accessible to us throughout the entire year and I know that the players are going to respond positively to this innovative initiative."


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