Troy Cooley
Troy Cooley. Image-Peter Della Penna/ESPNcricinfo

England have appointed Australian Troy Cooley as Consultant Pace Bowling Coach for their preparation ahead of the Ashes Test series, which starts on December 8 in Brisbane.

He will work under ECB’s Elite Pace Bowling Coach, Jon Lewis, in the lead up to the Gabba Test. Then, the 55-year-old will assist the England Lions seamers in their four-day match against Australia A starting on 9 December.

Troy Cooley, born in Tasmania, has been part of the coaching staff for both England (2005) and Australia (2006-07, 2009, 2019) during past Ashes campaigns.

Andrew Flintoff of England with Troy Cooley the England bowling coach. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
Andrew Flintoff of England with Troy Cooley. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The 55-year-old joined the Test specialists and the Lions during the three-day intra-squad warm-up match that started on Tuesday at Redlands, Brisbane.

Mo Bobat, ECB Performance Director, said: “It’s great to have someone with Troy’s expertise and experience supporting our Ashes prep and also working closely with our Lions pace bowlers.

“Troy’s understanding of what it takes to be successful in Australian conditions is second to none, and the players are sure to benefit hugely.” 

The first Ashes Test is slated for Brisbane from December 8. Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth are slotted to host the next four Tests, however, that is subject to change.

Troy Cooley set to be appointed NCA fast-bowling coach

Troy Cooley was recently in the news as he has been reported to be in line for being selected as the fast-bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

Seeing his success as a fast-bowling coach with both England and Australia, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has been impressed and is firm on having Troy Cooley at the NCA.

Troy Cooley
Troy Cooley. (Photo: Twitter)

“I would say one of the biggest success for both Sourav [Ganguly, the BCCI president] and Jay [Shah, the secretary] is to convince Troy Cooley to work with India’s next batch of pacers at the National Cricket Academy,” a senior BCCI official told PTI last month.

“We are hearing that BCCI is giving Cooley a three-year contract and he will closely co-ordinate with the NCA head of cricket, VVS Laxman.”

It is learnt that Troy Cooley and VVS Laxman will hand-pick 10 young fast bowlers who are currently not in the national reckoning or do not have central contracts. These young pacers will be selected from the junior and first-class set-ups and will be given the ‘BCCI fast bowlers’ contract.’

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