Peter Moores is relishing the opportunity to bring his vast experience of county cricket to the National Academy and maintain England's steady improvement towards their goal of becoming the No 1 side in the world game.
The former Sussex wicketkeeper and coach succeeded Australian Rodney Marsh as the National Academy's director two weeks ago, charged with preparing and identifying future talent to compete for places with the successful Ashes line-up in the coming years.
Under Marsh, England watched talent develop to such a degree that six members of their Test line-up this summer - including Andrew Strauss, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Warwickshire's Ian Bell - came through the Academy before exceeding all expectations by reclaiming the Ashes in dramatic circumstances.
Now Moores has taken on the challenge, hoping his experience of seven years as coach with Sussex - who claimed the County Championship under his guidance in 2003 - will be fruitful at national level.
"I'd been there a long time, I'd been there as player and a coach and it seemed right at Sussex, but to me the Academy is a fantastic challenge," said 42-year-old Moores, whose association with Sussex began 20 years ago as a player.
"To work with different players, very talented players and try to make a difference in English cricket was a huge draw for me. County cricket is something I love and I think it's growing quickly and it's been a fantastic experience.
"For a coach, it's good because you deal with a lot of players in a lot of different situations because you play so much cricket. This is a different deal altogether and I'm hoping to bring all my experience from that here and it's also a new learning opportunity for me."
Moores accepts the majority of the players involved with the Academy, some of which like Kent's Robert Key have already tasted international cricket, will be of a higher standard than the average county cricket professional.
But he believes the methods which has found successful lower down the cricket pyramid will be equally effective with the elite players under the England umbrella, stressing: "I don't think the basics of the game change.
"To try to help players make the game simple in their minds is no different and sometimes, when people move up a level, you have to try to make sure they don't over-complicate things and they need something different.
"The key for coaching is the same - you don't do it, the player does it. You try to create opportunities for learning, but the player is the main person.
"Players often know what they want, so you try to lead them down that path and they start to identify the areas they need."
In addition to the players selected for the Academy who may feature on the A tour to West Indies in the New Year, the centre at Loughborough University has also been used for the senior squad to prepare for their forthcoming tour to Pakistan.
England players like Key and Simon Jones are undergoing rehabilitation from operations at Loughborough.