England have roped in Darren Gough as their bowling coach for the two-match Test series against New Zealand which kicks off on November 21. Gough is expected to join the team’s camp after the Test player land in the country on November 5. He hasn’t taken any coaching role with England in an official capacity but has assisted the team on occasions.
Gough, who sits at 12th spot with 229 Test wickets for England, featured in 58 Tests, 159 ODIs and two T20Is.
The former right-arm pacer will fill the spot for his former teammate Chris Silverwood, who was elevated to the post of head coach earlier this month. Silverwood worked as bowling coach under Trevor Bayliss and pipped veteran Gary Kirtsne for the England head coach job.
Gough, who has taken up media roles since his retirement, has joined the team on a short-term basis and England will require another former player for the role after the New Zealand series. Silverwood had replaced Ottis Gibson, in 2017, on a full-time basis after he left England to join South Africa as their head coach.
While Gough will coach the bowlers in Tests, England had roped in former New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel as their spin-bowling consultant for the T20I series.
The Eoin Morgan-led T20I side plays its first white-ball match since World Cup triumph on November 1 in Christchurch. The next four T20Is will be played on November 3, 5, 8 and 10 in Wellington, Nelson, Napier and Auckland, respectively.
Before the T20Is, England played two T20 practice matches against New Zealand XI. The visiting team won the first match but suffered a defeat in the second tie.
Following the T20I series, England’s Test players will play two multi-day practice matches against New Zealand XI. The Test series kicks off on November 21 at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The second Test will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton from November 29.