Marcus Trescothick appointed as England’s new elite batting coach
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced that former England opener Marcus Trescothick has been appointed as England’s new elite batting coach. Jon Lewis and Jeetan Patel have been named as England’s pace and spin bowling coach respectively.
Trescothick is set to take up the new role in the middle of March. He will step down from his position as the assistant coach at Somerset County Cricket Club.
Meanwhile, current Young Lions head coach Lewis has been promoted to the role of an elite pace bowling coach. The former England seamer held numerous roles within the line set up after a successful career with Gloucestershire but also including few stints at Surrey and Sussex.
Jeetan, who was appointed as the elite spin bowling coach was a former New Zealand and Warwickshire spinner. He joined the group permanently after several short-term spells working with the men’s team.
“Following an extensive recruitment process, I’m really excited about the calibre of the individuals that we’ve appointed into these specialist roles. Marcus, Jon and Jeetan have demonstrated their ability at the highest level and also show huge potential for the future. Working alongside Carl Hopkinson, our current Elite Fielding Coach, we have the makings of a strong specialist coaching team, possessing a diverse range of experience,” said Mo Bobat, Performance Director, England Wales and Cricket Board (ECB) in an official statement.
“Working in conjunction with counties, they will have responsibility for developing and preparing current and next-in-line England players whilst also adding value to our England and Lions environments. In addition, they will support the development of our best Under 19 players through our Young Lions programme,” he added.
These three roles attracted several high caliber of applicants and they were subjected to a rigorous recruitment process. Having gotten an appointment for the role, Lewis will have to vacate his role as Young Lions head coach.
The applicants for the position of Elite Pathway coach also had to go through a rigorous process which led to the appointment of Richard Dawson.
Dawson is set to take up the new role in mid-April, having previously been the head coach at Gloucestershire.
Thanking Gloucestershire for their support in releasing Richard, Bobat said, “Jon has done a fantastic job leading our Young Lions programme and England U19 team over the last couple of years. His change of role has provided the opportunity to look at that position with fresh eyes.”
“Given the strength of applicants that we’ve had through the recruitment process, and the need for us to have an adaptable coaching workforce, I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to appoint Richard Dawson as our Elite Pathway Coach,” he added.