Coach Cooley warns team before Ashes
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Coach Cooley warns team before Ashes

Australia's new bowling coach Troy Cooley plans to take a holistic approach to bowling during the Ashes, agianst rival England.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 15:13 IST

Australia's new bowling coach Troy Cooley said England bowlers would not have it easy in the Ashes cricket series on grassy pitches Down Under this summer.

Cooley, who was credited with giving England a surprise swing advantage during last year's Ashes series, insists such a devastating impact might not be possible on Australian soil.

"If you've got grassy pitches and grassy outfields then you are not going to be looking at reverse swing," he said.

He said the Australian bowlers, in fact, would be prepared to deliver whatever was needed in a given situation.

"Reverse swing is just one of the deliveries that we are going to try to make sure the bowlers have."

"We will be taking a holistic approach to our bowling and make sure our guys can deliver whatever they need to deliver," he said.

Cooley, 40, was a modestly performed first-class bowler and was largely anonymous outside of his home state of Tasmania before he linked with Rod Marsh at the England Cricket Academy in 2003.

He focused on researching innovative swing techniques and even enlisted NASA know-how to uncover new swing methods, using wind tunnels and other original technologies.

Cooley is refusing to divulge any trade secrets from his time in the Old Dart but has warned Ricky Ponting and his men that the Poms will be just as hard to beat on Australian soil.

But Cooley, armed with an inside knowledge of the Poms' Ashes plans, says England are dangerous.

"You don't underestimate them, they have got some nasty quicks. England will be working their backsides off to make sure they retain the Ashes."

First Published: May 09, 2006 15:13 IST