Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 16:11 GMT
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Phil Neale is managing the England tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe
Former Worcestershire captain Phil Neale has been appointed the England cricket squad's operations manager for the next two years.
He will also liaise with chairman of selectors David Graveney, supervise the transition of England's players to centralised contracts and ensure that they receive proper rest periods and physical training.
His appointment will help co-ordinate the national side's increasingly hectic schedule, which will include seven Tests and 10 one-day internationals next home summer.
Simon Pack, the England and Wales Cricket Board's international teams director, said: "Phil's managerial qualities and administrative skills, along with his cricketing pedigree, suit him ideally to this important new appointment."
Neale has previously managed three A tours and the Under-19's successful World Youth Cup campaign.
He said: "I'm looking forward to working closely with Duncan Fletcher, Nasser Hussain and the rest of the squad.
"The all-round demands on international cricketers have increased significantly in recent years and I hope I can play my part in ensuring the England players receive the best possible administrative and technical support."