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Cricket news - James Franklin appointed Durham head coach

Franklin has played county cricket for four different teams.

Durham have signed appointed former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin as their new head coach. The county confirmed the development on their website, revealing that the 38-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will begin work at the Riverside in February.

Franklin will assisted by former Durham players Neil Kileen (bowling coach) and Alan Walker (assistant coach), who have both signed contract extensions.

"I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to lead coaching at Durham," Franklin said. "I can't wait to join up with the squad and staff. There's no doubt it's been a challenging couple of years for Durham. But now it's about moving forward, making progress both on and off the field and once again striving to make Durham one of the powers of the English domestic competition."

Franklin succeeds Jon Lewis at the top role with the latter leaving in December after a 'review of cricket operations' at the club, ending a 21-year association with the county that he joined in 1997.

"Following an extensive recruitment process, it became clear that James was by far the best fit," director of cricket Marcus North said. "I'm extremely excited for James' arrival and look forward to working with him."

Franklin, who has a Test hat-trick to his name, played 31 Tests, 110 ODIs and 8 T20Is for the Black Caps, has played County Cricket for four teams - Essex, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Middlesex.

He captained Middlesex to the Championship title in 2016 and will be tasked with reviving the fortunes of the 2013 County Champions, who finished eighth in the Division Two standings last year, still reeling from the relegation in 2017 due to financial issues.

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