England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine with the Ashes urn. Photo- Getty
England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine with the Ashes urn. Photo- Getty

England Men’s Assistant Coach Graham Thorpe will take the charge of the Ashes 2021-22 preparation period when the England lions cricket team and Test specialist players arrive in Australia on Saturday.

The players and the staff members of England will have to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period on the Gold Coast and after that, they will move to Brisbane for the intra-squad warm-up matches. Meanwhile, the marquee Ashes Series will commence on 8 December at the Gabba.

England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine. Photo- Getty
England’s Joe Root and Australia’s Tim Paine. Photo- Getty

According to ECB.co.uk, Cricket Australia is working with the Queensland Government and Queensland Health to prioritise the health and safety of the community, players and support staff.

After completing their commitments with England’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad and serving the mandatory 14-day quarantine period on Gold Coast, the Head Coach of England National Cricket Team Chris Silverwood, Assistant Coach Paul Collingwood, Elite Spin Coach Jeetan Patel and Wicketkeeping Consultant James Foster will join the Ashes team in Brisbane.

The Coaching Team Selected Has An Excellent Blend Of Credentials Grounded In Experiences – England and Wales Cricket Board director Mo Bobat

Australia, England, Tim Paine
Australia retained the Ashes Urn in England in 2019. Image-DNA

Talking about the appointments of coaches for the Australia tour the ECB Performance Director, Mo Bobat said:

We are looking forward to getting our prep period underway on the Gold Coast ahead of the Ashes and Lions Tour, respectively.”

“The coaching team selected has an excellent blend of credentials grounded in experiences through the England pathway and the wider county game. In addition to the specialist expertise, we have individuals in our coaching team that have experienced success in Australian conditions, which will benefit the players’ preparation ahead of the Ashes and Lions competitive experiences. 

“For the period up until the end of the warm-up matches, the coaching team will assist both groups of players. However, once we start the final build-up to the first Ashes Test, we will then split into two distinct groups with the Lions preparing for their four-day match against Australia A on 9 December.”

England Men’s Coaching Team – Ashes Tour

The Ashes Urn

Head Coach: Chris Silverwood

Assistant Coaches: Paul Collingwood, Graham Thorpe

Elite Pace Bowling: Jon Lewis

Elite Spin Bowling: Jeetan Patel

Wicketkeeping Consultant: James Foster

England support and Lions Coaching Team – Australia Tour

Elite Fielding Coach: Carl Hopkinson

Batting Consultant: Jonathan Trott

Wicketkeeping Consultant: Bruce French

Coaching Consultant: Ant Botha

Spin Bowling Consultant: Min Patel

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