England have named ex-Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower as the man to oversee their bid to regain the Ashes.
Flower, 40, was confirmed as team director at Lord's after a temporary spell as acting head coach following Peter Moores' sacking in January.
Flower presided over England's winter tour to the West Indies, where Andrew Strauss' side recovered from a 1-0 Test series loss to win the one-day series.
Flower's first Test in charge begins on 6 May against the West Indies.
Managing director for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Hugh Morris said he was delighted to secure the services of the former world number one batsman, who joined the national team's backroom as assistant coach in May 2007.
"As a player, Andy was ranked number one in the world and the ECB believes he has the drive and ambition to be just as successful in his new post," he said.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew believes Flower's honest work ethic has won the respect of the England's players.
"He will straighten things out and settle things down in the team," he said. "The players will get a lot more straight talking."
Flower admitted he had been initially reticent to forward his name for the role vacated by Moores, who was sacked following a public fall-out with ex-captain Kevin Pietersen.
"When I went on that West Indian tour I didn't know whether I wanted to apply for this job or not. Halfway through I had made up my mind that I did," he said.
"I'm very honoured to be given the position. I believe the last three months will stand me in good stead.
"I was interim coach for that tour, now that I'm in charge, so to speak, things change, definitely."
The ECB had appointed a City-based firm to oversee the recruitment of a new team director, although approaches to high-profile Australians Tom Moody, John Buchanan as well as South Africans Mickey Arthur and Graeme Ford, were turned down.
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