Australia's cricket bowling coach Troy Cooley gestures during a training session at the County Ground in Hove, East Sussex, England. File photo/ Reuters
SYDNEY: Australia on Monday appointed ex-England bowling coach Troy Cooley for their upcoming Ashes series as they bid to win the urn on away soil for the first time in 18 years.
Meanwhile Adam Griffith, a former head coach of Tasmania and assistant to national coach Justin Langer at the Western Warriors, takes charge of the bowlers for the team’s World Cup campaign in England.
Their appointments follow the departure of another former England bowling coach, David Saker, who quit in February.
Tasmanian Cooley is credited as being a key figure in helping England break their Ashes drought on home soil in 2005.
He recently coached Australia’s one-day bowlers for an away series win against India and is currently with the squad in the United Arab Emirates for their limited-overs clashes against Pakistan.
Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Belinda Clark said Cooley and Griffith brought a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“We reached out to the coaches working in Australian cricket and received expressions of interest from a strong field of candidates and through the process Adam and Troy emerged as the clear standouts for these secondments,” she said.
“Adam and Troy have extensive coaching experience, which we believe will help support our players to best prepare and perform in the upcoming campaigns.”
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was last month appointed as batting coach for the World Cup. Ex-England player Graeme Hick is Australia’s Test batting coach.
The World Cup kicks off on May 30 and ends on July 14, while the five-test Ashes series is in August and September.
Ball-tamperers Steve Smith and David Warner were on Monday selected for Australia’s World Cup squad, but there was no room for Josh Hazlewood or Peter Handscomb.
India on Monday named a tried and tested squad for the World Cup led by Virat Kohli with selectors going for experience in all the slots for the marquee 50-over event.
Pakistan selectors on Thursday left out pace spearhead Mohammad Amir from the preliminary 15-man squad for next month's World Cup to be held in England.
Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred in three innings as India maintained their unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cup with an 89-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method on Sunday. Sharma’s 140 was the centrepiece of a total of 336-5 that also featured captain Virat Kohli’s 77.
Taunton: West Indies captain Jason Holder admits his spluttering side will be underdogs when they face Bangladesh in a crucial World Cup clash on Monday. Beaten in two of their four group matches, Holder’s team desperately need to secure their second win of the tournament as they chase a semi-final berth.
Imran sent out a series of messages on Twitter to convey that Pakistan should elect to bat unless there was moisture on the pitch.
Pebble Beach: Gary Woodland delivered a gritty back nine display on Saturday, coming up with key par saves in a two-under 69 to stay one stroke in front of Justin Rose heading into the fourth round of the US Open at Pebble Beach. Woodland, a three-time US PGA Tour winner, in search of his first major