After 11 years as National Lead Wicketkeeping Coach, Bruce French has retired from his role to spend more time with family.

The Nottinghamshire stalwart joined the England & Wales Cricket Board coaching team at the National Cricket Performance Centre in 2009.

French, who played 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for his country, has been pivotal in the development of England's wicketkeepers over the past decade.

Those under his tutelage in that time have included Matt Prior, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes and Sarah Taylor.

French, 61, is to continue providing coaching needs across the game as a part-time consultant.

"English cricket owes a huge debt of gratitude to Bruce for the fine work that he has done over a number of years," said Mo Bobat, Performance Director for England Men's Cricket.

"For some time, we have been able to select from an oversupply of excellent wicketkeepers and Bruce has played a significant role in developing those players.

"There is much that Bruce should be proud of, and this includes numerous memorable victories in both home and away series for England and of course, our historic World Cup win in 2019.

"Bruce has also ensured that his coaching insight has been effectively shared across the game through our Coach Development programmes.

"I wish Bruce every success in his future endeavours and have no doubt that he still has much to offer as a coach in the game."


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