The Ashes 2021/22: Graham Thorpe to oversee England’s early preparations in the absence of Chris Silverwood | Cricket News

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Head Coach Silverwood will oversee the culmination of England’s ICC T20 World Cup campaign before he and the main coaching team travel to Australia to begin their 14-day quarantine period; Jonathan Trott appointed batting consultant for England support and Lions coaching team

Last updated: 21/05/11 12:57


England batting coach Graham Thorpe will be helped by elite bowling coach Jon Lewis before Chris Silverwood arrives in Australia

Men’s England Assistant Coach Graham Thorpe will lead Ashes’ preparation period when test specialists and Lions arrive in Australia this weekend.

Former England hitter Thorpe takes the lead as head coach Chris Silverwood oversees the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup campaign, which could end with Eoin Morgan’s men in the November 14 final.

Silverwood would therefore need to complete a 14-day quarantine period on the Gold Coast alongside other members of the main England coaching team, including assistant manager Paul Collingwood, elite spin manager Jeetan Patel and the wicketkeeping consultant James Foster before he can join the Ashes party in Brisbane.

Alongside Thorpe will be elite bowling coach Jon Lewis. The Lions contingent will have extensive experience, including Carl Hopkinson (elite court coach), Bruce French (wicket consultant) and Jonathan Trott (batting consultant). Rounding out the staging will be Kent talent trail leader Min Patel and Nottinghamshire manager Ant Botha, both of whom have been seconded from the county network for the tour.

They will be based alongside the game group on the Gold Coast for their 14-day quarantine period before moving to Brisbane to play two warm-up matches within the team later this month.

Bruce French (right, pictured here with Jos Buttler of England) is wicket consultant for England support and the Lions coaching team

England’s extended men’s team and Lions team will arrive in Australia on Saturday before the Ashes series, starting December 8 at the Gabba.

Cricket Australia is working with the Queensland Government and Queensland Healthcare to prioritize the health and safety of the community, players and support staff.

Commenting on the Australian tour appointments, ECB performance director Mo Bobat said, “We look forward to starting our Gold Coast prep period ahead of the Ashes and Lions Tour, respectively.

“The selected coaching team has an excellent blend of experience-based credentials across England’s path and the county’s broader game.

“In addition to the specialist experience, we have people on our team of coaches who have been successful in Australian conditions, who will benefit from the preparation of the players prior to the competitive experiences of Ashes and Lions.

“For the period up to the end of the warm-up matches, the team of coaches will assist both groups of players. However, once the final preparation for the first Ashes test begins, we will split into two distinct groups with the Lions prepare for their four-day match against Australia A on December 9th. “

England Men’s Coaching Team – Ashes Tour

Coach: Chris Silverwood

Assistant coaches: Paul Collingwood, Graham Thorpe

Elite Rhythm Bowling: Jon Lewis

Elite Bowling: Jeetan Patel

Wicket Advisor: James Foster

Support from England and Lions Coaching Team – Australia Tour

Elite field coach: Carl Hopkinson

Batting consultant: Jonathan Trott

Wicket Advisor: Bruce French

Coaching Consultant: Ant Botha

Spin bowling consultant: Min Patel

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