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Johnson answers the Lord's call

PUBLISHED: 17:34 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky FORMER England paceman Richard Johnson has returned for a third spell with Middlesex after signing a deal to become the county s assistant coach. Johnson, who retired at the end of the 2007 season, will work under new head coach Richard Scott

By Ben Kosky

FORMER England paceman Richard Johnson has returned for a third spell with Middlesex after signing a deal to become the county's assistant coach.

Johnson, who retired at the end of the 2007 season, will work under new head coach Richard Scott and act as mentor to the club's fast bowlers at every level.

He will also fill the second XI coach's role vacated by Scott when he moved to take charge of the first team following the departure of Toby Radford in July.

Middlesex have also appointed former New South Wales and Western Australia batsman Mark O'Neill as specialist batting coach and plan to add a spin bowling coach and wicket-keeping coach to their staff in the near future.

Johnson, who turns 33 later this month, spent a total of seven seasons at Middlesex as a player, sandwiching a six-year spell with Somerset.

He also played three Tests for England, taking six wickets on his debut against Zimbabwe, as well as 10 one-day internationals.

"Having played with Richard for several years, I know him extremely well," said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser. "I believe he will have a major impact on the young players at the club as they progress through the system."

O'Neill, 50, began his coaching career at grade level in Australia and moved on to work as batting coach to both his former state sides, as well as the New Zealand international team.


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