Sydney - Former Ireland captain and fast bowler Trent Johnston was on Tuesday appointed as New South Wales's new head coach, replacing Trevor Bayliss who left to take charge of England.
Australian-born Johnston, who had been interim coach since Bayliss was appointed to the England job in May, beat off a string of contenders, reportedly including Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am ready to take this next step in my career," said Johnston.
"I am passionate about cricket, I am passionate about coaching and I am passionate about NSW."
The 41-year-old made his first-class debut for NSW alongside Brett Lee in 1999 before moving to Ireland for family reasons.