Before the 2017 Ashes series, England has hired Troy Cooley as a consultant fast bowling coach. The 55-year-old Australian will assist the tourists’ quicks in Brisbane under the leadership of elite pace bowling Coach Jon Lewis, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board. He will then aid England’s second-string Lions seamers in a four-day encounter against Australia A, which begins on December 9. Fans can buy Australia vs England Test Tickets from our website.
Cooley was England’s bowling coach during their 2005 Ashes series victory, and he now works for Australia in a similar capacity. During the three-day intra-squad warm-up match that began in Brisbane on Tuesday, he joined the England and Lions players. “It’s terrific to have someone with Troy’s expertise and experience assisting our Ashes prep and also working closely with our Lions fast bowlers,” ECB performance director Mo Bobat said in a statement.
Troy’s knowledge of what it takes to succeed in Australian circumstances is unparalleled, and the players will undoubtedly gain much. Following a drew in the 2019 series in England, Joe Root’s side is hoping to reclaim the Ashes from arch-rivals Australia. On December 8, the first Test of a five-match series begins at Brisbane’s Gabba stadium.
Day two of England’s intra-squad tour match in Brisbane was called off due to persistent rain on Wednesday, delaying the much-anticipated homecoming of star all-rounder Ben Stokes. On Tuesday, only 29 overs were possible, with openers Rory Burns (39 not out) and Haseeb Hameed (53 not out) guiding an England XI to a 98-run victory over the Lions.
“There will be no play today on Day 2 of our first Ashes tour match due to this,” England Cricket tweeted, along with an umbrella emoji and a video clip of a sodden outfield at Brisbane’s Peter Burge Oval. More rain is forecast on Thursday, which might delay Stokes’ comeback after a nearly five-month layoff due to mental health issues and finger surgery.
Before the first Test, England has only one more game scheduled: a four-day intra-squad warm-up starting November 30. Australia will play a three-day game among themselves on December 1 as their lone red-ball practice before the series.
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