Law appointed West Indies head coach

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West Indies have announced the appointment of former Australia batsman Stuart Law as their new head coach.

The position has been vacant since the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) sacked former incumbent Phil Simmons in September.

Law, who scored more than 27,000 first-class runs but made just one Test appearance for his country, has agreed a two-year contract.

The 48-year-old has previously led Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as holding various coaching roles with the likes of Australia, Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat.

"I am excited at the opportunity to contribute to what I think is an interesting time for West Indies. I think this assignment has come at an important time of my career," he told the WICB's official website.

"We are delighted to welcome Stuart to West Indies Cricket," added outgoing director of cricket Richard Pybus, whom it was announced earlier this month will be replaced by Jimmy Adams.

"He comes at an exciting and critical time in the development of the West Indies men's team, with the emergence of some outstanding young talent, as seen in the most recent test series against Pakistan.

"He has great experience and breadth of knowledge as a player and coach and his cross-cultural experience and winning attitude will be key assets in the development of the team."

Law's tenure officially begins on February 15 with his first assignment a three-match one-day international series at home against England in early March.