ngland has confirmed that Troy Cooley – their bowling coach during the iconic Ashes 2005 series – has joined their support team as a consultant ahead of the latest edition of their test rivalry with Australia, which begins in two weeks.
Cooley, 55, has been a bowling coach for England and Australia in the past, and joined the England team in Brisbane, working under Jon Lewis, their bowling coach.
Cooley is part of the team in Brisbane and will also work with the England Lions when they face Australia A from December 9.
Mo Bobat, the ECB’s performance director, said “Troy’s understanding of what it takes to be successful in Australian conditions is second to none.”
Stuart Broad also praised the hiring of Cooley, who is expected to join the National Cricket Academy of India (BCCI) cricket control board in the coming months.
“He arrived when we got out of quarantine (on) Saturday, but he’s been with us for a decent amount of time,” Broad told the Cricket Australia website. “I’m really looking forward to picking his brain over Australian conditions and Australian players.
“He’s been in their setup for a long period of time, through development and at the highest level.
“He can give us a good idea of the Australian hitting mentality; what they’re looking to do, where they’re looking to score, where they don’t like the ball, how (we should) be with them – if you talk to them, if you ignore them, if you drag them… can you annoy them enough to make a mistake?
“All those kinds of details, we’ll pick Troy’s brain, because anything you can get – even a percent on someone – will be really helpful to us.”
“You need all of that stuff to win in Australia. You must be at the top of your game at all times and find small loopholes in the opponent’s arsenal.