The England and Wales Cricket Board have named Mark Robinson as England Lions head coach for their tour of Sri Lanka next year.
The tour schedule has yet to be unveiled, but it has been confirmed that the tour will include three four-day "Test" matches against Sri Lanka A.
Robinson has been professional cricket manager with Sussex since replacing Peter Moores in October 2005, and he helped the club win back-to-back County Championship titles in his first two seasons in the role.
ECB performance director David Parsons said: "We are delighted to give Mark Robinson the opportunity to come into the England Lions setup and take the role of head coach for this tour next year.
"This should not only provide him with an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand what the England Cricket programme is really about, but also we will be able to benefit greatly from Mark's experience as one of our leading coaches within the first-class game.
"Training and playing competitive cricket in challenging conditions against tough opposition is always a great way for our players to further their individual games, so this tour will act as an important part of developing and identifying the England players of the future."
The Lions will arrive in Colombo on January 27 and fly back to England on March 2, and the ECB announced the squad will be selected in mid-December.