Former test cricketer Steve Harmison becomes football manager

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Former cricketer Steve Harmison, who took more than 200 test wickets for England, has swapped sports to become the new manager of non-League club Ashington, who play in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid.

Harmison, 36, remembered for his outstanding pace bowling performances in England`s 2005 Ashes victory over Australia, will take charge of his hometown team for the first time when they play Bishop Auckland in Division One of the Northern League on Tuesday.

Harmison, who took 226 test wickets for England between 2002 and 2009, is a lifelong Newcastle United supporter and had a brief spell playing for Ashington as a teenager.