Former Ireland international Trent Johnston has been appointed Head Coach of Hong Kong.

The 45 year-old won 199 caps for his adopted country, skippering the side at their first World Cup in 2007, in which he hit the winning runs in the victory over Pakistan.

Johnston was also in the middle when Ireland beat England at the 2011 tournament, before he retired in 2013 after Ireland did the treble of ICup, T20 WCQ, and ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

His haul of 273 wickets places at fifth in the all-time Irish aggregates, and he was the leading wicket taker in the history of the InterContinental Cup.

His coaching career saw him take charge of Leinster Lightning and Ireland Women, before taking over at New South Wales, where he won trophies in his first two seasons.

“I am excited to be taking the next step of my coaching career in Hong Kong," said Johnston.

“Cricket Hong Kong has great potential and a highly talented elite player group. I look forward to working closely with the players and management team to prepare for the T20 World Cup qualifiers in the short-term and to helping develop future generations of Hong Kong cricketers to continue the team’s rise in the global standings.”

Johnston will come into direct opposition with Ireland during the T20 World Cup qualifiers in UAE in October.