The South African former fast bowler played for the Chelmsford side between 2005-2008.
He takes the role vacated by Dimitri Mascarenhas, who left at the end of his one-year contract with Essex.
Nel said: “It’s a great opportunity and I’ve only ever heard good things about Anthony McGrath as a Coach, and I can’t wait to start working alongside him and the rest of the team out in Abu Dhabi this week.
“As a former Essex player I know it’s a fantastic Club to be involved with and since leaving I’ve always followed from afar. I’m really eager to get working with such a talented group of players and contribute to the future success of the Club.”
McGrath said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to bring Andre to Chelmsford.
“Andre played cricket at an elite level throughout his entire career and brings with him a huge wealth of cricket experience and knowledge. Being a former Essex player, he also has a good understanding of the Club, our fans and the ethos.
“I know our bowlers are especially happy he’s on board and are looking forward to working with him, and the whole squad will profit from his technical and tactical knowledge.”Tags: Essex Cricket, Cricket
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