Stewart Walters has been appointed as the new WA Country XI and Country Colts head coach
The Western Australian Country Cricket Board (CCB) have appointed former Surrey and Glamorgan batsman Stewart Walters as the head coach of the Country XI and Country Colts.
Walters, 32, has spent the past decade playing professional cricket in the UK County Championship and has coached Midland-Guildford in the Alcohol.Think Again District Cricket Competition for the past three seasons.
Melbourne-born Walters has also worked with academy set-ups in recent times and is a budding young coach.
"It’s exciting for me trying to get into the WACA system out of professional cricket,” Walters said.
"It’s an opportunity to progress the Country sides and see where this takes my coaching endeavours.”
Walters played under-age and second XI cricket for WA in his earlier years and has played some country football in the state too.
After a decade of spending Australian winters in the UK playing cricket, he returned permanently to Perth in September.
Given his experience in County cricket, he believes he can bring a lot to the WA Country set-up.
"I hope to bring a lot of professionalism to the way I believe teams need to operate and what works well for cricket teams both on and off the field,” he said.
"Hopefully we’ll see the results on the field.”
WA finished fourth at the 2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bendigo, having won the title the previous year.
Former player Garth Nottle has been appointed as Chair of Selector, while Tim Edmunds will take over as Team Manager.