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Jason named Welsh Fire Assistant Coach

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr will be joining Welsh Fire as Assistant Coach for the duration of The Hundred this summer.

Jason will be working alongside Welsh Fire Head Coach, Gary Kirsten and lending his expertise to a squad that includes Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope, Qais Ahmed and Kieron Pollard.

Regarding the role, Jason said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with and against some of the best players in the world and to work alongside Gary Kirsten. From a coaching point of view this is a great opportunity to learn, grow my skill set and to then share those learnings back at Somerset.

“Gary Kirsten is a tremendously successful coach. He took India to number one and they won a world cup during his tenure. It’s a great chance to learn from someone who has managed the likes of Tendulkar, Dhoni and Dravid. That’s a great source of information to be able to tap in to and I have no doubt that this experience will enable me to bring some important learnings back to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

“There are obviously mixed emotions because whilst this is an exciting opportunity, there’s also anxiety about letting go of the reins here at Somerset for a short period of time. That will give someone else the chance to lead the squad in my absence.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “This appointment is a great reflection of Jason’s expertise and how he is valued across the game. Since finishing his career as a player, he has developed a vast bank of coaching experience across a number of different and progressive roles both here at Somerset, overseas and with England Lions.

“Jason has successfully undertaken responsibilities as our Head Coach, most recently wining the Royal London One-Day Cup, and without doubt led one of the most competitive Championship sides in recent years. He has also held the position of specialist coach, which has seen him nurture the bowling talent throughout the Club. In addition to this, Jason had a very successful tenure as Academy Director, and we have seen a significant number of players whom he worked with in this capacity go on to successfully represent the Club and England.

“This is a great opportunity for Jason to work alongside one of the best coaches working within the game and in doing so grow his already outstanding skill set. We are in no doubt that both Jason and Somerset Cricket will benefit in the long term from his involvement with Welsh Fire.

“As a Club, we have a philosophy of nurturing talent and providing opportunity. It’s not just our playing staff who are aspirational, our coaching and support staff strive to get better every single day and Jason epitomises that ethic.

“We will be making an announcement shortly regarding an internal appointment as interim Head Coach for this season’s Royal London Cup campaign, and this will be announced in the next few days.”

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