Former England international cricketer Adam Hollioake has joined the team’s coaching staff for the 4th Ashes 2021-22 Test against Australia which will begin from January 5.
Australia have already retained the Ashes by winning the first three games of the 5-match Test series with two Tests to play.
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Meanwhile, the England team have been hit by Covid-19 and head coach Chris Silverwood has to isolate himself in Melbourne after a family member contracted the virus and Graham Thorpe will be the stand-in head coach for the Sydney Test. Also, bowling coach Jon Lewis and spin-bowling coach Jeetan Patel are isolating as they were found Covid-19 positive.
Hollioake, after his appointment, told the Daily Mirror that it’s an honour for him to help the English team in the Ashes series. He said:
‘It’s an honor to be asked to come down and help the boys. It has been a tough tour but if I can help in any way then that is what I’ll do. I’ve jumped in the car to make things a bit safer Covid wise, but I’ll still have to go through some protocols when I get to Sydney.”
Adam Hollioake Is Not Just Another Set Of Hands – Graham Thorpe
Graham Thorpe said that Hollioake will bring a “bit of energy” and “the philosophical side of life” in England’s dressing room.
“Adam is not just another set of hands,” Thorpe told British media on Friday. “He can bring a bit of energy to the dressing room and the philosophical side of life as well, which is very important in times like this. He’ll bring that nice sense of perspective. But also for me, it’s about standing up as well. The players have an opportunity. We want to see fight and character. I don’t want to see people drop their heads.
“There’s no point getting like that. We’ve got two matches left in this series for our players to show they’ve got the character and spirit and the skill to perform,” he added.
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