Worcestershire CCC skipper Joe Leach is looking forward to working with new head coach Kevin Sharp and helping to try and establish the County in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

Sharp has been promoted from his role as Batting Coach-Second Eleven Coach as part of a restructured set-up which sees the arrival of Alan Richardson as Bowling Coach and Matt Mason reverting to Second Eleven Coach.

Leach is excited about what the future may hold for the County and forging a successful partnership with ex Yorkshire coach Sharp.

He said: “Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the role of Head Coach and he has immense respect throughout the game.

“The fact the England Test captain (Joe Root) always speaks so highly of Kevin, and the help he has been to his career, says it all really.

“He has been a great help to the lads here as well and I’m looking forward to working with him in what hopefully is the start of an exciting new era for the club.

“I’ve always had great faith in the ability of the players here to compete in Division One and Kevin’s depth of knowledge can only add to that.

“Alan Richardson is also a very shrewd appointment. He was fantastic here as a player at the back-end of his career and was voted one of the Wisden Cricketers Of The Year.

“But he is also highly regarded and respected as a coach in the game and brings the experience of already working at First Division level with Warwickshire for the past few years.

“With Mase using his know-how with the Second Eleven and the crop of young talent flourishing there, we have a solid foundation for the challenges ahead which I think we are more than capable of embracing.”