Nottinghamshire’s Assistant Manager Wayne Noon will link up with Sydney Thunder for the entirety of their Big Bash campaign.
Noon, who has been part of Nottinghamshire’s set up as player and coach for 22 years, says he doesn’t know what to expect from his time in Australia.
“I will be throwing myself in to the unknown with the Thunder,” he said.
“I don’t know what to expect from my time there, I just hope to be able to make a difference and come back with a few more skills under my belt.
“On a personal note it will also be great to have that experience of coaching abroad on my CV after going to what is probably the second biggest T20 competition in the world.
“I wanted to challenge myself and going somewhere where I am not well known gives me the chance to leave my marker across the six weeks.
“In an ideal world I just do what I have been doing with Nottinghamshire over the years and help the Thunder during this tournament.”
With an increased number of domestic coaches heading overseas during the winter to further their coaching education, Noon follows the likes of Jason Gillespie and David Saker.
And whilst Noon goes Down Under relatively unknown, he will come up against a familiar face in the Sydney derby to kick off the tournament, as Michael Lumb lines up with the Sixers.
“It was talked about by the ECB throughout the summer that English coaches were lacking experience of coaching abroad,” Noon said.
“So, after talking to Mick, it was decided that I would put some feelers out and pass on my CV to all the franchises in Australia.
“I also think that Dave Hussey passed on a good word to his brother Mike, captain of Thunder, and from there a few phone calls later and I had my position for the winter secured.
“I have been working with Lumby over the winter so far and as soon as he found out I was going he started badgering me with quotes like ‘enjoy the wooden spoon’.”
The 2015 season has seen dramatic last-gasp four day victories, thrilling limited-overs contests and an historic Investec Ashes Test, all in the unique surroundings of Trent Bridge.
Next season, we’d wager, will be no less enthralling and frankly we’d hate for you to miss out.