Lancashire have appointed ex-England one-day coach Ashley Giles as their new cricket director and head coach.
The 41-year-old replaces Mike Watkinson, who stepped down as cricket director on Monday, ending a 32-year association with the Red Rose county.
"I am thrilled by the prospect of coaching Lancashire," Giles said.
|The career of Ashley Giles|
|1993 - Makes first-class and one-day debuts for Warwickshire||2007 - Named Warwickshire's director of cricket and then spin bowling coach for the England Performance squad|
|1997 - England ODI debut v Australia and fails to take a wicket (0-48) at The Oval||2008 - Appointed to England selection panel|
|1998 - England Test debut v South Africa, takes 1-106 at Old Trafford||2012 - Wins County Championship with Warwickshire in September and appointed England limited-overs head coach in November|
|2000 - Career-best first-class figures of 8-90 against Northamptonshire||2014 - In charge for England's World T20 campaign, which culminated in a 45-run defeat by Netherlands|
|2005 - Takes 10 wickets in successful Ashes campaign as England win the series 2-1||2014 - Misses out on England head coach job to Peter Moores and quits as England selector|
"I cannot wait to work with the players and staff."
Giles, who played in 54 Tests and was a member of England's 2005 Ashes-winning side, was last involved in cricket during England's World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh in March where they failed to progress beyond the group stage, and bowed out with a shock 45-run defeat by Netherlands.
Before his stint with the national side, he was appointed Warwickshire's director of cricket in 2007 and led the Bears to the County Championship in 2012, having won the CB40 two years earlier.
He inherits a Lancashire side relegated to Division Two of the Championship after only one season in the first division.
"It is our intention to return to Division One but our main aim is to create something both successful and sustainable, which a club with such an incredible history deserves," added Giles, who last month helped set a world record for the highest game of cricket ever played, at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Glen Chapple, who took control of Lancashire's first team last season after Moores left the county, combining it with his duties as captain, will stay on to assist with coaching.
The 40-year-old seamer had expressed an interest in taking the head coach role with the Red Rose, but also said he felt he could play on for another season.