Benkenstein appointed Hampshire first-team coach

Hampshire first-team coach Dale Benkenstein (wearing cap) seen in his Durham days at a coin toss

Hampshire first-team coach Dale Benkenstein (wearing cap) seen in his Durham days at a coin toss

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Hampshire have appointed Dale Benkenstein as their new first-team coach.

The former South Africa Test batsman has agreed to join the coaching staff and will join the Ageas Bowl outfit in time for the pre-season tour to Barbados.

The 39-year-old former Durham star replaces Giles White, who has moved into a director of cricket role at the club.

Benkenstein scored more than 9,000 first-class runs for the club at an average of 45.9 and captained the side to Friends Provident Trophy glory and a maiden County Championship title in consecutive seasons (2007, 2008).

More recently, though, Benkenstein spent the winter working as batting coach for South African side Sunfoil Dolphins – the club of Hampshire’s overseas signing, Kyle Abbott.

Benkenstein said: ‘I’m looking forward to what is going to be a new challenge for me.

‘It’s a brilliant set-up here, I’ve spoken to the players and coaches at the club and I’m excited about what’s ahead.

Director of cricket, Giles White, said: ‘We are delighted to have Dale on board.

‘He comes with a wealth of experience and an excellent reputation as a leader.

‘We are looking forward to his involvement.’

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