Barnes to give Surrey pacemen extra cutting edgeBy Richard Spiller
October 26, 2012
STUART Barnes has been appointed as Surrey’s new fast bowling coach.
The 42-year-old will take over from Martin Bicknell after the county decided they wanted it to be a full-time role.
Barnes has been working at Gloucestershire since 1997, moving up from a recreational role to run their academy and second team plus being assistant to boss John Bracewell.
While at Bristol, Barnes also began a regular involvement with international sides and has spent time with both the England Lions and Bangladesh A.
Barnes starts his work with Surrey in November and will deal with a hand of speedsters who – when all fit and firing – rival any in the country. Chris Tremlett is returning to fitness after back and knee injuries which required surgery, Stuart Meaker has already played for England in one-day cricket and is regarded among the quickest in the land while Jade Dernbach is a short-form regular for his country already but desperate to push on.
Add in promising trio Matt Dunn, George Edwards and Tom Jewell, veteran Jon Lewis – at Gloucestershire until a year ago – plus Tim Linley, underestimated by all but his peers, and it should be enough to keep the newcomer busy.
“The amount of fast bowling talent at Surrey has been a massive attraction for me,” said Barnes, whose own first-class career saw him play 11 first-class and 17 one-day matches for Gloucestershire along with representing Wiltshire in the Minor Counties competition. “Looking at the variety of talent I’m going to have available, we’ve got all our bases covered and I am looking forward to having a positive effect on every single one of them.”
Team director Chris Adams added: “Stuart is someone we are all hugely looking forward to working with and is a fantastic appointment for the club. He is regarded as one of the finest bowling coaches in the country and will be a very positive addition.”
Bicknell, who runs cricket at Charterhouse School, has been given a new role as chief scout which sees him developing the club’s network of contacts both in this country and round the world.
Surrey’s performance officer and women’s coach David Court will add to his duties by becoming the first team analyst and the county are looking for a replacement for strength and conditioning coach Ashley Wright, whose services were dispensed with last month.