Read returns to Notts as batting coach

Chris Read batting for Devon against Shropshire at Sandford last season
Chris Read batting for Devon against Shropshire at Sandford last season

Former captain Chris Read will return to Nottinghamshire next season in a part-time coaching role.

The 39-year-old ex-wicketkeeper retired from professional cricket in September after 20 years at Trent Bridge. He played more than 50 times for England in all formats of the game

The young Chris Read, starting out with Paignton 3rd XI as a youngster"I have agreed with the club I will do a number of days when I can, which will be in the holidays of my teaching role at Uppingham School," Read said.

"The Easter holidays coincides with pre-season and the start of the first Championship game and then latterly there's also during the summer holiday period.

"Hopefully, although I'm coming and going, I will be able to have a little bit of an impact as a fresh set of eyes."

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores said: "To be able to tap into Chris' knowledge as a captain and player, as well as his specialist skills which he can use to support our wicketkeepers, makes him the perfect fit for our coaching team.

"He is already a level four coach, having completed that qualification while he was still playing, and fitted in brilliantly with the rest of the coaching team when he did some work with us last year."

Read’s cricket career started with Paignton and then Devon before he joined the pro-ranks with Gloucestershire.

During a break in Notts County Championship campaign last summer, Read made two appearances for Devon in the Minor Counties Championship.