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Cooley to leave ECB in May

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Troy Cooley

Troy Cooley has been instrumental in England's incredible development

The England and Wales Cricket Board reluctantly confirms that Troy Cooley is to leave his post as fast bowling coach when his contract ends in May 2006.

Troy joined the ECB in 2003 and has worked with England’s outstanding group of fast bowlers in the last two and a half years. He worked tirelessly with those bowlers during England’s npower Ashes success this summer.

Troy, originally from Launceston, Tasmania, has also worked with bowlers at all England age groups, the National Cricket Centre at Loughborough and also county players and coaches.

Cricket Australia announced that Troy would be joining their Centre of Excellence fast bowling programme based in Brisbane. Troy, who received the Mussabini Medal for achievement in UK international sports coaching last week. said: “The decision to return to Australia and not to extend my appointment with ECB is the hardest career decision I have ever had to make.

"I have really enjoyed working with the Players and Staff with the senior and age-group England Teams and also with all my colleagues at the National Academy and coaching staff from around the Counties.

"My current appointment is very much my dream job and I have explained to ECB that my decision to move on in May is entirely due to my desire to return to Australia with my young family and my having been offered an equivalent role with my home Country.

"I am particularly grateful to Hugh Morris, Duncan Fletcher and Rod Marsh for having provided me with the opportunity to fulfill such an exciting and ground-breaking role within English cricket. I remain fully committed to ECB and England cricket through to the end of April."

England head coach Duncan Fletcher said in Lahore: "It is very disappointing to lose a person of Troy’s calibre. He has brought an enormous amount to cricket in England and Wales not just as a coach but also as a key member of the England set-up.

Troy Cooley

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"We have worked hard to build what I thought was the ideal management team so to lose a pivotal figure in that team is a great shame.

"I’d like to thank Troy for his outstanding contribution to cricket in England and Wales. His efforts have made a huge difference and he’ll be sorely missed. We wish him and his family all the very best for their return to Australia."

ECB performance director Hugh Morris added: "When he leaves us at the start of May, Troy will have been with ECB for three years during which time he has played a key role alongside Duncan Fletcher with the development of the fast bowlers performing for the England Team.

"He has also worked with elite bowlers through all our age group squads and put important systems in place through leading the ECB Fast Bowling Group that will leave a valuable legacy for cricket in England and Wales.

"Naturally we are very disappointed to be losing such a top-class operator but we are grateful for his on-going contribution and respect the reasons for his decision to move on. Troy will be a hard act to follow and we will be casting our net wide to ensure that we recruit the best possible successor in the role."

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