Dougie Brown replaces Ashley Giles at Warwickshire

Dougie Brown. Picture: AP
Dougie Brown. Picture: AP
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Warwickshire have appointed former England and Scotland player Dougie Brown as their new director of cricket following Ashley Giles’ departure in November last year.

Giles led the Bears to the LV= County Championship title as well as the final of the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2012, but stepped down from his position to take charge of England’s limited overs sides.

Brown, a former all-rounder in one-day internationals for both his native Scotland and adopted England, has been Warwickshire’s assistant coach for the last four years.

The 43-year-old beat off stiff competition to take the reins at Edgbaston and knows he has some big shoes to fill.

“It is a real honour for me to be given this opportunity to lead Warwickshire Cricket,” said Brown, who started his career at Clackmannan CC.

“As a club and as a squad we are in a good place at the moment but we are very determined to deliver sustained success on the pitch.

“This will only be achieved if we keep working hard, stick together and perform consistently.

“Last year’s success is now just that – as champions every other team will be looking to take our scalp so we need to be better prepared than ever.”

Graeme Welch has been appointed assistant coach after being pipped to the top job by Brown, while Tony Frost will join as batting coach.

County chief executive Colin Povey added: “It will provide continuity after a successful 2012 in which we won the LV= County Championship title and ensure that the club’s established cricket policies and processes remain in place.

“Dougie knows the club and the current crop of players as well as anyone, so he is well placed to take the squad forward.”