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Former West Indies player and former West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has been appointed as England's fast-bowling coach for the forthcoming West Indies tour with the chance to push his credentials for the job full time ahead of the Ashes series against Australia this summer.

Gibson fulfilled the role for nearly three years from 2007 before he was appointed as coach of West Indies. He left that job last August by mutual consent after guiding West Indies to a World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka but otherwise finding an overwhelming job to regenerate West Indies cricket a growing source of frustration.

His knowledge of West Indian conditions will now be of particular benefit to England as they seek to rally morale ahead of the international summer.

Gibson was reintroduced to the England set-up on England Lions' recent tour of South Africa and also spent time at the England Performance Programme's four-week training camp for fast bowlers - also in South Africa - before Christmas, working alongside James Anderson and Stuart Broad among others
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