Australia appoint former England bowling coach Troy Cooley for Ashes series

Sport360 staff 23:32 25/03/2019
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Troy Coole (l) will take charge for England in the Ashes series.

Australia have rung in the changes in the coaching department ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup and Ashes series in England with Adam Griffith and Troy Cooley being appointed to key roles.

With bowling coach David Saker having resigned from his position last year, Griffith has been appointed to take the role in the upcoming World Cup while Cooley will take over for the Ashes series to follow in England.

Cooley had been the bowling coach for England during their famous Ashes triumph in 2005 where he helped forge a formidable unit comprising of Andrew Flintoff, Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison.

The 53-year-old then joined the Aussie coaching staff for the subsequent Ashes in 2006-07 where he helped the hosts regain the urn Down Under.

Cooley has already served as Australia’s bowling coach in their recent 3-2 ODI series triumph in India and is currently a part of Justin Langer’s staff in UAE where the national team are taking on Pakistan.

Griffith, meanwhile, was previously the bowling coach in Langer’s staff for the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA).

“We are fortunate to have Adam join us for the World Cup, and Troy continuing with us for the Ashes Series in England,” head coach Langer stated.

“Troy has been with us for our successful tour of India and the current tour of UAE. He’s been a fantastic addition to our coaching team, and brings a great wealth of knowledge, experience and success having coached Australian and England teams in England.

“His focus will be to prepare our Test bowlers for what’s shaping as an exciting Ashes Series in tough English conditions.”

Australia currently lead the five-match ODI series against Pakistan by 2-0 with two comprehensive victories in Sharjah. The third ODI between the two sides will take place at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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