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Fletcher appointed as India cricket coach

Fletcher has a wealth of experience as he takes on the challenge of coaching India.
Fletcher has a wealth of experience as he takes on the challenge of coaching India.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Duncan Fletcher to take the reins as the new India cricket coach
  • He succeeds Gary Kirsten who stood down after India won World Cup
  • Fletcher coached England for eight years, guiding them to 2005 Ashes triumph

(~CNN) -- World Cup winners India appointed Duncan Fletcher as their new national coach Wednesday on a two-year deal.

Fletcher succeeds South African Gary Kirsten, who stepped down from the role after guiding the co-hosts to their global triumph earlier this month, beating Sri Lanka in the final.

He will take the reins after India's tour of the West Indies where bowling coach Eric Simmons has been managing team affairs.

The 62-year-old Fletcher coached England from 1999 to 2007, reviving their fortunes in Test cricket.

Great coach who will work well with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
--Michael Vaughan
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It culminated in their historic 2-1 Ashes series win over Australia in 2005, but they were thrashed 5-0 by the Aussies on their home soil just 18 months later.

An early exit followed in the 2007 World Cup and Fletcher resigned shortly afterwards.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was in charge for the Ashes triumph in 2005, has no doubts Fletcher will be a success with India.

"Great coach who will work well with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all the talent," he told his Twitter blog.

But Vaughan sounded a warning about the taciturn Fletcher's relationship with journalists.

"His biggest challenge will come from the media. He has never really understood how it works!," he added.

Fletcher was a former captain of the Zimbabwe one-day international side before turning to coaching.