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    Lewis and Palmer to join Lions

    England Lions have made two appointments to their coaching staff for their winter programme.

    Jon Lewis is to join England Lions as fast bowling coach for their training camp in Australia followed by the tour of West Indies early next year.

    Lewis, the former England bowler who has been on the Sussex coaching staff for the last three seasons, will fill the vacancy left by Chris Silverwood’s appointment as England’s new fast-bowling coach.

    Andy Flower, the Lions head coach, said: “We’re very happy for Chris, who has added significantly to our programme in the past, most recently in Sri Lanka last winter, in addition to the success he has had as a head coach with Essex.

    “It left us with a vacancy but we are delighted to have an outstanding replacement in Jon Lewis – and we are very grateful to Keith Greenfield and Rob Andrew at Sussex for being so flexible and supportive in moving so quickly to allow Jon to join us now.

    “Jon has worked with the Young Lions programme in the past, and in addition to his pedigree as an international bowler, he travelled to Australia with the Lions himself back in 2006, which was my first with the programme as an assistant to Peter Moores.”

    Lewis will link up with the Lions at their four-day training camp in Loughborough next week, ahead of their departure for Brisbane on November 14.

    Gary Palmer, the former Somerset and England Under-19s batsman who now works as a batting consultant, will also join the Lions in Loughborough and Australia.

    “Gary has done some work with a couple of senior England players, and we’ve invited him to work with the Lions under our ECB batting lead Graham Thorpe on some specific areas of batting around balance and timing,” added Flower. 

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