The Hundred – James Franklin appointed as Daniel Vettori’s assistant at Birmingham Phoenix


Durham head coach will be unavailable during county’s Royal London Cup campaign

James Franklin has been appointed as an assistant coach of Birmingham Phoenix, the men’s Hundred side based at Edgbaston.
Franklin, the Durham first team coach, will form part of a New Zealand-influenced coaching team for the Phoenix after the ECB confirmed that Daniel Vettori will stand in for Andrew McDonald as head coach. Alex Gidman, the head coach at Worcestershire, has previously been confirmed as the Phoenix’s other assistant coach.

With the Hundred team connected to Durham being Northern Superchargers, Franklin might have been expected to have a role there. But, as former New Zealand team-mates who also worked together at Middlesex, Vettori and Franklin know each other well and will link up once more.

Franklin’s involvement with the side means he will be unavailable for Durham during the Royal London Cup.

Meanwhile, Ben Sawyer has committed to his role as head coach of the women’s side at the Phoenix with Caroline Foster (née Atkins), Dominic Ostler and Gareth Davies as his assistants. Ostler and Davies currently coach the Warwickshire and Worcestershire women’s sides respectively, while Foster won the Ashes, the World Cup and the World T20 in a long playing career with England.
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