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Tom Smith joins Yorkshire as second-team coach with a reputation as one of the brightest coaching talents in England at present.
The former Lancashire captain’s near 300-game playing career was cut short in 2016 due to a long-standing back issue.
Liverpool-born Smith learnt his game with Chorley CC and went on to become a productive and versatile all-rounder, winning the County Championship with our arch-rivals in 2011.
Ironically, he made his England Under 19s debut against Yorkshire seconds at Headingley in early 2004 and went on to represent the Lions on four occasions during the summer of 2014, playing alongside Jonny Bairstow and David Willey.
He scored a Roses Championship century at Headingley in 2010 before being appointed captain at Old Trafford ahead of 2015.
Unfortunately, the spell in charge amounted to only one competitive fixture before his back really started to cause issues, ending in retirement a year or so later.
His last career appearance was a high-scoring drawn Roses Championship match at Old Trafford in August 2016 when he opened the batting and scored 46 and 87 and claimed two wickets with his seamers.
Alex Lees scored a second-innings century for Yorkshire, while Smith’s opening partner Haseeb Hameed posted two tons for Lancashire.
Smith immediately turned to coaching with Lancashire Thunder, where he was appointed their assistant coach in 2017. That same year, he also spent time with England’s senior women in a similar role.
Ahead of the 2018 English summer, Smith, now aged 36, was appointed as Leicestershire’s second-team coach and has since transitioned into their first-team assistant and bowling coach, working under Paul Nixon.