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Troy Cooley is leaving his role as Australia’s pace bowling coach to take over at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane

Troy Cooley is swapping his job as Australia’s pace bowling coach for the position as the new head coach of their Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Cooley, one-time fast bowling coach to the England team, takes over at the centre of excellence from outgoing head coach Greg Chappell, who has moved to the newly-created position of CA national talent manager - based in Melbourne.

During the transition period Cooley will be heavily involved in Australia’s preparations for the Ashes and the World Cup.

Cooley said: “I’m excited to be appointed to this challenging role.

“It provides me a wonderful opportunity to continue the outstanding work of former head coaches and benefit from soon-to-be-created facilities at the centre of excellence, which I believe will lead the cricketing world in combining coaching and sports science.

“There is no doubting the importance of the COE in the cricketing pathway. 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.”

CA’s acting chief executive and general manager of cricket, Michael Brown, said: “In Troy Cooley we have a coach and talent manager with an impeccable record.

“Troy’s coaching successes with the England team in 2005 are well documented and since he returned to Australian cricket in 2006 he has been responsible for assisting the development of the talented crop of young fast bowlers Australia currently has at its disposal.”

Australia team head coach Tim Nielsen is to be involved in discussions with CA over the appointment of Cooley’s successor as pace bowling coach.

The 44-year-old Cooley was a fast bowler with Tasmania before becoming their pace bowling coach and also worked for the CA cricket academy and the ECB before becoming CA pace bowling coach in 2006.

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