Jonathan Trott and Jeetan Patel: The two former cricketers will be sharing their experience as batting and spin bowling consultants respectively.
Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will play the role of a batting consultant with the men’s team for the imminent three-match Test series against Pakistan.
Trott, who last played for England during the West Indies tour in 2015, has taken some weight off the shoulders of former batsman Graham Thorpe who was doubling up as an assistant coach and the batting consultant for some time now.
Thorpe will be subsequently replaced by former England captain Paul Collingwood in the second and third Tests. Currently playing the role of ODI’s team head coach, Collingwood will resume his responsibility with the Test team in Southampton.
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Jonathan Trott and Jeetan Patel join England’s support staff
Trott, who had scored 6,792 runs at an average of 45.89 including 13 centuries and 42 half-centuries across formats at the highest level, will also be joined by his former Warwickshire teammates in Jeetan Patel and Graeme Welch.
Patel, who has played 68 internationals for New Zealand between 2005-2017, actively took part in England’s domestic season for years. Having played the role of England’s spin bowling consultant during their tour of South Africa and Sri Lanka earlier this year, Patel will continue to do so against Pakistan as well.
Welch, on the other hand, has been named as the pace bowling consultant. Among other appointments, Bruce French and Carl Hopkinson have been named as the wicket-keeping and national lead fielding coach respectively.
With the series set to begin from August 5, England and Pakistan will play three Test matches in as many weeks before moving on to a three-match T20I series starting from August 28.