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Five players receive England call, Chapple named bowling coach

Five players receive England call, Chapple named bowling coach

Anderson, Buttler, Jennings, Mahmood and Parkinson make a 30-man training squad ahead of the West Indies Test series

Five Lancashire Cricket players have been named in England’s behind closed doors training group ahead of the three Test series against the West Indies, whilst Head Coach Glen Chapple has been appointed as bowling coach.

James Anderson, Jos Buttler, Keaton Jennings, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson are selected as part of a 30-man squad to convene at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.

They will report on the 23 June and will remain in the environment until the completion of the intra-squad warm-up match (1-3 July) after which the squad will be selected for the first Test, starting on the 8 July.

They will be joined by Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple, who has taken up a position as bowling coach for the series, working closely alongside England Head Coach Chris Silverwood. Chapple will return for the start of Lancashire’s domestic season.

Chapple, who is also an ECB scout, has worked with the England Lions in previous years, including their South Africa tour in 2019. Graham Thorpe, Richard Dawson, Matthew Walker, Chris Read and Carl Hopkinson make up the remainder of the coaching staff.

Emirates Old Trafford will host the second and third Tests, due to start on 16 July and 24 July respectively.

Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We’d like to offer our congratulations to all five players involved in the behind closed doors training squad and wish them the best as they press their case for inclusion in the Test series.

“We are also pleased for Glen to be able to take up a coaching position with England. It is an excellent development opportunity before he returns to Lancashire for a prospective county season during the summer. The experience will only further enhance his skillset and positively benefit our own squad upon his return.

“Mark Chilton (Performance Director and Assistant Coach) and Chris Benbow (Second XI Coach) will lead the Lancashire squad in training whilst Glen is away with England as we continue our preparations for the start of the domestic campaign.”

ECB Performance Director, Mo Bobat, added: “The support that we’ve received from counties during our return to training phase so far has been excellent, and it’s great to be able to continue with this collaborative approach as we move into a ‘Behind Closed Doors’ training environment. 

“As is the case in the current climate, things have progressed quickly, and we are very grateful to counties for allowing us to second their coaches to support our Test preparation. The larger group of players will certainly keep them busy.

“Involving Glen Chapple, Richard Dawson and Matt Walker adds significant leadership strength to our coaching team, as well as their obvious technical and tactical knowledge. Similarly, Chris Read’s vast experience at the highest level will no doubt add value.

“Both Glen (Chapple) and Richard (Dawson) were involved in winter Lions activity, so it’s nice for them and the players to build on effective coaching relationships and it’s also a real positive for our domestic game that we can expose a greater number of our coaches to international cricket.

“A huge amount of work has taken place behind the scenes to get us to this point, and it’s now over to Chris Silverwood and his management team to support the players with their final preparations for what will be a historical series.”

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