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Cooley leaves England in great shape: Shine

England's new bowling coach Kevin Shine acknowledged his predecessor Troy Cooley's contribution and said he felt privileged to come into a unit that was working so well.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 08:21 IST

England's new bowling coach Kevin Shine acknowledged his predecessor Troy Cooley's contribution on Friday and said he felt privileged to come into a unit that is working so well.

The final one-dayer against India on Saturday will be Cooley's last with England before he leaves for home to take up a similar role with Cricket Australia.

"My job will be to improve what is already in place. Troy has done a great job," Shine told a news conference.

"The bowlers have now developed and hopefully still developing. My job is to support and encourage them."

The 37-year-old Shine, a former first-class fast bowler, coached Somerset's first team before becoming the county's academy director. He was appointed to replace Cooley in February.

"It's very exciting for me. We have got some good youngsters coming through. A major part of my job is to try and bring that next generation through. And also with the foundation so firmly in place, it's my job now to make that work and get decent bowlers through," he said.

"Troy has left things at a pretty healthy state. I'll be providing the bowlers encouragement and support. I've worked now with Troy for two years, he has been a great mentor to me and I have learned massively from him."

Cooley, who joined the England team's coaching staff in 2003, said he will carry several fond memories with him.

"Some great things have been achieved from the group of bowlers which I am very proud of," said Cooley, who was part of last year's memorable Ashes triumph.

"When I first came over, they were a good group of bowlers with good skills. To see them develop their skills along the way has been very exciting for me. It's pleasing to see what they have done."