Thatscricket - News - Clark goes west, to coach Yorkshire

Published: Monday, January 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Perth: Former Australian Test fast bowler and current Western Australian coach Wayne Clark has accepted an offer to coach county side Yorkshire from the start of this English season. Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) confirmed on Monday Clark, 47, who played in 10 Tests in the late 1970s, would take up the Yorkshire position on completion of the Australian season at the end of March.Clark will take over the Yorkshire job from Martyn Moxon, who is to coach Durham. Clark will have about a month to prepare Yorkshire for the season starting April 25.An amiable former schoolteacher, Clark has had considerable success in his Western Australian coaching role over the past six seasons, guiding the State to the Sheffield Shield in 1997-98 and 1998-99. The side are also current Australian inter-state One-day champions and strong contenders to retain the title this summer. However, Clark is understood to be frustrated over lack of certainty about his position. He had been waiting for an indication whether his current three-year contract would be extended. It has been speculated he will be paid up to $ 200,000 (130,000 US) by Yorkshire, considerably more than in Western Australia. Yorkshire, who play in division one of the county championship, have a powerful squad, including England regulars Darren Gough and Craig White as well as talented batsman Michael Vaughan and fast bowler Chris Silverwood. Clark becomes the latest of a procession of high-profile Western Australians to take up important posts in English cricket. Current Western Australian captain Tom Moody will coach Worcestershire this year, while a former Western Australian captain, John Inverarity, will take the coaching reins at Kent.Moody and Inverarity are both former Australian Test batsmen. Inverarity is headmaster at Hale School, an exclusive boys' school in Perth. He will do the Kent coaching job during his long-service leave.

Copyright AFP 2000

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