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Graham Thorpe to lead England’s initial Ashes preparations

England have confirmed their coaching team for the upcoming Ashes tour down under with assistant coach Graham Thorpe set to lead preparations until after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Chris Silverwood, assistant coach Paul Collingwood, and multiple members of the Ashes squad are currently in the UAE but the players and coaches not involved in the tournament will arrive in Australia on Saturday ahead of the series this winter.

The ECB has confirmed the coaching team ahead of the 2021/22 Ashes with Collingwood and Thorpe named as Silverwood’s assistant coaches.

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Elite pace bowling coach Jon Lewis, elite spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel, and wicketkeeping consultant James Foster make up the rest of the staff.

The support team and coaches for the England Lions, who have also travelled out to Australia and will play the senior side in warmup matches ahead of the Ashes, includes elite field coach Carl Hopkinson, batting consultant Jonathan Trott, wicketkeeping consultant Bruce French, coaching consultant Ant Botha, and spin bowling consultant Min Patel.

England will be initially be based on the Gold Coast before moving to Brisbane for their intra-squad warmup matches later in November.

In the ECB statement, performance director Mo Bobat said: “We are looking forward to getting our prep period underway on the Gold Coast ahead of the Ashes and Lions Tour, respectively.

“The coaching team selected has an excellent blend of credentials grounded in experiences through the England pathway and the wider county game. In addition to the specialist expertise, we have individuals in our coaching team that have experienced success in Australian conditions, which will benefit the players’ preparation ahead of the Ashes and Lions competitive experiences.

“For the period up until the end of the warm-up matches, the coaching team will assist both groups of players. However, once we start the final build-up to the first Ashes Test, we will then split into two distinct groups with the Lions preparing for their four-day match against Australia A on 9 December.”