Melbourne, Mar 25 (GCSports) Cricket Australia (CA) appointed Adam Griffith as the assistant coach for the forthcoming World Cup, starting from May 30 in England and Wales, CA’s Interim Executive General Manager Belinda Clark confirmed on Monday.
Troy Cooley, who played a key role in England’s Ashes win in 2005, was also appointed as the team’s assistant coach for the Ashes series slated to be held in England in July.
According to Cricket Australia’s official website, CA’s Interim Executive General Manager, Team Performance, Belinda Clark confirmed the appointments.
“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,” Clark said.
“At the completion of the World Cup and Ashes Series we’ll review the overall coaching structure and assess the best path moving forward based on the upcoming schedule, player needs and team direction under Justin,” he added.
Expressing his happiness over the appointments, Australia Head Coach Justin Langer said, “We are fortunate to have Adam join us for the World Cup, and Troy continuing with us for the Ashes series in England.”
“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,” the coach added.
Former Test cricketer Langer heaped praises over Troy for his contribution in Australia’s 3-2 win against India, which was Australia’s first ODI series win in India since 2009.
“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,” Langer said.
“His focus will be to prepare our Test bowlers for what’s shaping as an exciting Ashes Series in tough English conditions,” he added.