Australia Appoint Adam Griffith as their Bowling Coach for the 2019 World Cup
Australia has appointed Adam Griffith as their bowling coach for the 2019 ICC World Cup slated to be played in England and Wales in a couple of months time. Troy Cooley who is a former Tasmania player will also be seen taking up the role after the quadrennial event. Both of them will work closely with Justin Langer who is currently Australia’s head coach. The able duo will replace the likes of David Saker who called it quits from his position in February,
Griffith who retired in 2011 was made the head coach of Tasmania in 2017. He was also appointed as Australia’s bowling coach for a brief period in April 2016 before Saker was appointed in July in the same year. Meanwhile, Troy Cooley has been working with Australia as a bowling coach has been working as the National Cricket Centre Head Coach since 2011.
Justin Langer expressed his delight at the appointment of the two fascinating individuals 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.”
Griffith appeared in 50 first-class matches and 54 List A games during a career which lasted between 2002 and 2007. Cooley played 33 first-class matches and is reckoned as one of the primary reasons behind England’s Ashes triumph in 2005. Griffith was the bowling coach when England won the series by a 2-1 margin.
Belinda Clark, a former Australian batsman and a current Cricket Australia Interim Executive General Manager feel that the experience of both coaches will help the side quite immensely.
“Adam and Troy have extensive coaching experience, which we believe will help support our players to best prepare and perform in the upcoming campaigns. We would like to thank Cricket Tasmania for releasing Adam for this period,” she 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.
Australia will start their 2019 World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1st June in Bristol;. Meanwhile, the Australia hopefuls for the Ashes will start preparing for the series along with some of the Australia A players. The first of the 5 match Test series will be played from 1st August in Birmingham.
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