Former England One-Day International allrounder Mike Yardy is the new batting coach of the NSW Blues.
The 38-year-old replaces Beau Casson in the role after the former Australian Test and Blues player decided to return to Western Australia at the end of last season for family reasons.
For the past three years Yardy has worked as the batting coach for English County Club Sussex, where he has enjoyed an almost 20-year association as a player, captain and coach.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to be part of Cricket NSW, an organisation which has an enviable record of success for winning titles and producing international cricketers,” said Yardy.
“Speaking to people it became apparent that NSW has a really special culture, with players hungry to improve, and this is something that really excites me about the role.”
Yardy played 28 One-Day and 14 T20 Internationals for England between 2006 and 2011. The left-hand batsman and left-arm finger spinner was part of the England side that claimed the ICC Men’s World T20 title in 2010.
He won the County Championship three times as a player with Sussex, along with a number of one-day titles, and was club captain from 2009-12.
In all, Yardy played 193 First Class matches scoring more than 10,000 runs.
He has also done tremendous work raising awareness around mental health following his widely publicised battle with depression.
Since September last year, Yardy has been the batting coach for the England Young Lions, adding to his vast coaching experience that includes a support role with the England national team in August 2018.
Cricket NSW General Manager, Cricket Performance, David Moore believes it is that experience which will assist the development of the younger players within the Blues squad, including teenage stars Jack Edwards and Jason Sangha.
“We’ve got seven or eight really good players under the age of 21 at the moment that we think are going to be good players and we think Mike is going to be able to add his experience, not just technically and tactically, but really how he thinks about the game, how he devises his innings,” said Moore.
“He’s coached at Premier League level in the UK, he’s coached Academy level, he’s coached at second XI level and he’s also been involved with the Sussex first XI, so we’re very lucky that we’ve got someone of such experience and development.
“We’re obviously looking for Mike to come in and fit into the team beautifully, which we’re sure he will and … to assist in the development of players that are going to play for Australia and help us win Shield titles.”
Yardy will join Cricket NSW next month.