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Last Updated: Friday, 28 September 2007, 10:05 GMT 11:05 UK
Donald gives up England team role
Allan Donald
Donald took 330 Test and 272 one-day international wickets
Allan Donald has decided not to continue his role as bowling consultant to the England team because he wants to spend more time with his family.

Donald, 40, joined the backroom team before the home series against West Indies in May and was widely praised.

"It's been immensely enjoyable but the commitment to touring would be too great," said Donald, who has now agreed to be bowling coach with Warwickshire.

Durham's Ottis Gibson is the bowling coach for the current Sri Lanka tour.

Donald has decided to return as bowling coach at his former county, who have already recruited former England spinner Ashley Giles as director of cricket.

"It's disappointing in some ways when someone can't fulfil a role that they have started very well," England coach Peter Moores said. "But we have got plenty of people out there to be able to help the bowlers and move things forward.

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"At the end of the day it is about the player not the coach. The players take the responsibility. The coach is there to help but realistically it is down to them when they walk on the field."

England have been seeking a suitable replacement for Troy Cooley, who helped the team to Ashes glory in 2005, since the Australian returned down under to become their bowling coach in 2006.

Kevin Shine moved up from the academy to replace Cooley, and remains in an overseeing role, but Donald was drafted in this season and was so highly regarded that the ECB offered him a full-time position in July.

"I am grateful to the ECB for the chance to work with the England team and a staff that is one of the best in world cricket," Donald said.

Ottis has got some decisions to make on his future

Peter Moores

"I wish Peter Moores, the England team and management every success in the future and I am grateful for the experience of the last five months."

West Indian Gibson, the Professional Cricketers Association Player of the Year having taken 80 Championship wickets for Durham in 2007, has previous coaching experience with the ECB academy.

But he is expected to continue playing for Durham next season and has also been linked with a coaching role with the Windies.

"Ottis is contracted through to Christmas," Moores explained.

"He has obviously had a fantastic season with Durham as a player. He's got some decisions to make on his future, whether that is to continue playing or coaching in the short term..

"We will talk to Ottis. We are together for the next two or three months so we'll know where he is coming from and it gives us all a chance to settle down now and see how we take it forward."

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