Australia appoint two bowling coaches for Word Cup
Cricket Australia take a decisive step as they roped in Adam Griffith as their bowling coach for the upcoming World Cup, the board confirmed the news on Monday (March 25).
Troy Cooley who is the former Tasmania player, will take responsibility for the Ashes after the mega-tournament as both of the coaches will work with Justin Langer, the chief coach. Both the individuals will replace David Saker who quit his role in February.
Griffith called it quits in the year 2011 and was appointed the head coach of Tasmania in 2017 and also served as the bowling coach for Australia for a short time in April 2016 before Saker took charge in July in the same year. Cooley, who has been working with the side as the bowling coach in the series against Pakistan, has been working as the National Cricket Centre Head Coach since 2011.
Langer welcomes two important additions
Langer highlighted that both individuals are a great substance to the squad. “We are fortunate to have Adam join us for the World Cup, and Troy continuing with us for the Ashes Series in England,” he said. “I’ve worked with Adam in the past at the WACA and been pleased with how hard he’s worked to establish himself as one of the best young coaches in Australia.
“While his primary focus will be on preparing our fast bowling group for the physical and mental demands of a World Cup in England, he’ll also be a great educator and mentor for our entire squad.
“Troy has been with us for our successful tour of India and the current tour of UAE. He’s been a fantastic addition to our coaching team and brings a great wealth of knowledge, experience, and success having coached Australian and England teams in England. His focus will be to prepare our Test bowlers for what’s shaping as an exciting Ashes Series in tough English conditions.”
Talking about his cricketing career, Griffith played 50 first-class fixtures and 54 List A games between 2002 and 2007 whereas Cooley featured in 33 first-class matches and is deemed a phenomenal figure in England’s Ashes triumph at home in 2005. He plied his trade with the side as the bowling coach when the hosts successfully won the famed series 2-1.
Both the key additions- Griffith and Cooley will officially start their contract at the training camp in May ahead of the World Cup.