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AS tough as the first steps will be, I hope Sean Abbott’s NSW teammates can coax him back into the practice nets at some stage, writes Allan Border.

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HE is the patriach of cricket in Australia. Now Richie Benaud has lent his evocative narration to Channel 9’s powerful tribute to Phillip Hughes.

Andrew Kent appointed MCC captain-coach

May 14, 2010

MCC batsman Andrew KentThe MCC has announced that Andrew Kent has been appointed as captain-coach, following Adam Dale’s decision not to continue in the role.

In addition, assistant coaches Nick Speak, Paul Jubber and David Clarke have been reappointed, with Paul to complement his junior development work in an upgraded role.

Andrew Kent is no stranger to the playing group and the wider MCC cricket family. 

A product of the club’s junior development program, Andrew started in the MCC Dowling Shield team before his potential earnt him selection in Victorian/Australian teams at Under 17 and 19 levels. 

In 1997/98 he was named MCC XXIX Club Youth Cricketer of the Year. 

A resultant stint at the Australian Cricket Academy and time with the Bushrangers squad exposed him to some of this country’s elite coaches.

Over the last decade, Andrew has been one of  the club's most consistent batsmen at Premier Cricket level.

He has played nearly 200 First XI matches for MCC since his debut in 1999/2000 and his tally of almost 7000 runs places him in seventh position on the club’s all-time run scorers list. He has topped the First XI batting averages twice and in 2007/08 won the club’s highest honour, Club Champion.

"We are confident that Andrew will bring many skills to his new and challenging dual role, as the club looks to proudly defend its hard-fought First XI premiership next season," said MCC cricket chairman Bob Lloyd.  "I wish Andrew well in his new role and congratulate him on his appointment. "

"I also take this opportunity to thank Adam Dale for his achievements and efforts during his tenure as captain-coach," Lloyd said. 

"Adam’s on-field performances alone were of the highest order, including that remarkable bowling stint in the final, and he will forever be recorded in the club’s history as the man who broke the premiership drought."