Thursday 14 January 2010 

Thorpe To Coach Lions' Batting In United Arab Emirates

Thorpe To Coach Lions' Batting In United Arab Emirates
Thorpe To Coach Lions' Batting In United Arab Emirates
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Former England and Surrey batsman and current Surrey batting coach Graham Thorpe has been appointed as the batting coach for the England Lions tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February.

The Lions will play Twenty20 matches against England, Pakistan A and the UAE before playing three 50-over matches against Pakistan A on the tour from 6th to 27th February.

"I’m really looking forward to the tour and working with the Lions squad," Thorpe said. "It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m grateful to Surrey for giving me the freedom to take it on. Over the course of my time with the team I hope that I can offer them some good advice and be someone they learn a lot from.”

ECB Performance Director, David Parsons, added: "I am delighted to welcome Graham Thorpe as part of the England Lions coaching team and I have no doubt that the squad of aspiring England players will benefit from his experiences both as a hugely successful international cricketer and now a coach. We will face some tough opposition during our tour of the UAE and the coaching team will be working hard to ensure that we are well prepared."

Thorpe played 100 Tests and 82 One-Day Internationals for England before moving into coaching following his international retirement in 2005, first with New South Wales before returning to Surrey in 2008.

Andrew Gale will captain the Lions squad which includes England internationals Ian Bell, Sajid Mahmood and Adil Rashid.

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