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England appoint Aussie Cooley for Ashes

England have appointed Australian Troy Cooley as a consultant pace bowling coach for their preparations ahead of the Ashes.

Cooley was bowling coach for England when they won the Ashes in 2005 after a drought of nearly 20 years. However, he went on to coach Australia’s bowlers having not had his contract extended by the ECB.

He will now work under Elite Pace Bowling Coach Jon Lewis in supporting the team’s preparations for the first Test of the five-match series starting in Brisbane on December 8.

Cooley will then assist England A in their four-day match against Australia A starting on December 9.

“It’s great to have someone of Troy’s expertise and experience supporting our Ashes prep and also working closely with the Lions (second tier) pace bowlers,” Mo Bobat, the ECB Performance Director said in a statement.

“Troy’s understanding of what it takes to be successful in Australian conditions is second to none, and the players are sure to benefit hugely.”

The 55-year-old Cooley joined the Test specialists and the Lions for the three-day intra-squad warmup match that began on Tuesday at Redlands, Brisbane.

During his previous coaching spell with England, he was instrumental in helping players such as James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard.

England are looking to regain the Ashes for the first time since 2015, having lost in 2017-18. The 2019 series was drawn.

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