The Ashes: Adam Hollioake no longer joining England coaching staff for fourth Test due to Covid contact | Cricket News

Adam Hollioake was originally named for the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney because England manager Chris Silverwood is isolating himself, while spin manager Jeetan Patel, fast bowling mentor Jon Lewis and head of strength and conditioning Darren Veness all tested positive.

Last updated: 01/01/22 22:16


Adam Hollioake had been drafted with England without four coaches for the Sydney test

Adam Hollioake will not join the English lineup for the fourth Ashes Test after a close contact has tested positive at Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

England had enlisted the former one-day captain to bolster their exhausted managerial ranks ahead of the Sydney test.

However, he is now unable to join the touring group, while England will not bring any technical support for the test.

Four key members of the behind-the-scenes team were left behind in Melbourne due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the camp. Head coach Chris Silverwood is isolating himself with his family, while spin coach Jeetan Patel, fast bowling mentor Jon Lewis and head of strength and conditioning Darren Veness all tested positive.

This had led to the SOS call of Hollioake, the former Surrey handyman who was renowned as an innovative thinker in his playing days and who captained the ODI team 14 times between 1997 and 1999.

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Hollioake, who made his Ashes testing debut in 1997 alongside his late brother Ben, was seen as a perfect addition as he lives nearby on the Gold Coast and is a friend and former teammate of Silverwood replacement Graham Thorpe.

It means Thorpe is the only full-time coach of England and Wales Cricket Board currently with the team, supported by Ant Botha of Nottinghamshire and wicketkeeping specialist James Foster, both on short-term consultancy contracts.

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