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Cooley named Australia's Centre of Excellence coach

Brydon Coverdale

September 27, 2010

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Troy Cooley (right) is coaching Australia in the absence of Tim Nielsen, Chester-le-Street, September 19, 2009
Troy Cooley (right) has been Australia's fast-bowling coach for four years © Getty Images
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Australia will be on the lookout for a new fast-bowling coach after Troy Cooley was named as the new head coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. But Cricket Australia insists the appointment will not affect the team's Ashes and World Cup preparations, as Cooley will continue to work with the bowlers during those campaigns.

He will replace the former Centre of Excellence mentor Greg Chappell, who has taken on a new role as Australia's national talent manager. Cooley is set to juggle his two jobs for the next few months and Michael Brown, CA's general manager of cricket, said the national team would not be left without a bowling coach during that period.

"We have some very important cricket coming up," Brown said, "and CA has developed a transition plan that will see Troy continue to support the Australian men's team throughout the Vodafone Ashes Test series and ICC Cricket World Cup campaign."

Cooley, 44, made his name as England's fast-bowling coach during the 2005 Ashes, when he was credited with helping Andrew Flintoff and his colleagues master reverse swing and confound the Australian batsmen. The following year, Cooley, a former Tasmania fast bowler, was snapped up by the Australian team.

Although Australia's fast men didn't achieve the same results during the 2009 campaign, Cooley was regarded highly enough that he filled in for Tim Nielsen as the team's head coach during the ODIs that followed. He will eventually have at his disposal a newly refurbished Centre of Excellence, after a A$26 million upgrade was announced earlier this year.

"There is no doubting the importance of the Centre of Excellence in the cricketing pathway," Cooley said. "When I first arrived at the Cricket Academy, as it was then called, in 2000, Rod Marsh was the head coach and helped to develop players such as Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Hauritz.

"These players are now playing an integral role in the Australian team hopefully securing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, reclaiming the Ashes and defending the ICC Cricket World Cup. It is extremely exciting to lead the Centre of Excellence's coaching team and to be working closely with the states, territories and Australian Institute of Sport as we look to continue our important role in providing support for the current and next generation of Australian cricketers."

Cricket Australia has not set a timeline to find Cooley's replacement as fast-bowling coach, although there is no immediate hurry with Cooley staying on for the time being. During his playing career, Cooley took 54 wickets in 33 first-class appearances for Tasmania.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by jazzmaster on (September 28, 2010, 0:37 GMT)

Who is Australia's slow-bowling coach?

Posted by aussieump10 on (September 27, 2010, 21:14 GMT)

you have to be kidding!!! Firstly Aus rewards Tim Neilsen with a contract extension and now Cooley. Cooley is a joke not sure how he has the gall to pick up his pay cheque each week, what a pretender! Great career stats to Cooley, it's obvious from them that you have a lot to offer international bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

At least Australia and Cooley have their priorities right - BGT, Ashes and WC! It is this goal clarity and long term plans aligned to such well defined goals, right infrastructure and staffing that is keeping Australia where it is - giving them hope for a 'second innings' at the top unlike the boards of west indies, india and perhaps south africa who have failed to build on or consolidate their gains.

Posted by sreeb on (September 27, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

Wouldn't Share warne be a great mentor for a team.. See his credntials while working with a underdog team like Rajasthan Royals team where he literally made some of the finest match winners in IPL 1 season. I am sure he will be one to look out for..

Posted by Something_Witty on (September 27, 2010, 9:07 GMT)

Has somebody asked if Glenn Mcgrath is on the lookout for a coaching job?? ;)

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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