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Jason and Marcus join Lions coaching team

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr and Assistant Coach, Marcus Trescothick will be a part of the coaching team when the England Lions tour Australia in the New Year.

Gloucestershire Head Coach, Richard Dawson will be taking the role of Head Coach for the eight-match tour on the tour which departs on Tuesday January 21st.

Marcus will be working mainly as a batting coach alongside Jonathan Trott, Jason will be working with the pace bowlers whilst the rest of the support staff comprises fielding coach Carl Hopkinson and wicketkeeping coach Bruce French.

Marcus will be with the team for the white-ball leg of the tour, which sees the Lions take on Cricket Australia XIs and New South Wales XIs at Metricon and Drummoyne respectively. Trott will then join for the three four-day matches, which include a day/night match against Australia A at the MCG.

Following his appointment, Jason said: “It’s an exciting opportunity and it’s a great chance for me to develop. I worked on the pace programme a couple of years ago in Potch and that was a brilliant experience. I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with Richard Dawson and the other experienced guys who will be there. I’m also looking forward to working with some very good players from all around the country.

“It’s an opportunity for me to learn and grow. You challenge yourself by working with players who are new to you. You can share different ideas and learn from each other and hopefully I can bring certain things back which will help Somerset to move forward.

“We’ve increased the coaching staff at Somerset this winter and this presents a great opportunity to empower the coaching staff to lead whilst I’m away. I’ll be in constant contact with our coaching team to make sure that we’re working on what the needs are and I’ll be back in plenty of time for pre-season.”

Dawson said: “I’m excited for this opportunity to coach the England Lions, working alongside some excellent coaches. It will be a challenging tour and one that the coaches and players will all learn a great deal from. Australia is a testing place to tour as an England player, both on and off the field

“I look forward to working with some of this country’s best young cricketers as they progress on the Performance Pathway.”

ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat said: “I’m delighted to have Richard on board as Head Coach for the Lions’ tour of Australia. He’s an excellent leader and provides great technical knowledge as a spin bowling coach.

“Richard, Marcus and Jonathan all have experience of touring Australia with England as players so the advice they can pass on to our players will be invaluable.

“This tour provides us a good opportunity to recognise two coaches who have excelled in their roles in County cricket in Richard and Jason, as well as two high potential newcomers in Jonathan and Marcus.

“The tour also gives our players a chance to test themselves against their peers Down Under, giving them relevant experience at international venues like the MCG with an eye on creating success in future Ashes series.”

England Lions tour of Australia

Sun 2 February: One-day match v Cricket Australia XI – Metricon, Gold Coast

Tue 4 February: One-day match v Cricket Australia XI – Metricon, Gold Coast

Thu 6 February: One-day match v Cricket Australia XI – Metricon, Gold Coast

Sun 9 February: One-day match v New South Wales XI – Drummoyne Oval, Sydney

Tue 11 February: One-day match v New South Wales XI – Drummoyne Oval, Sydney

Sat 15 February-Tue 18 February: Four-day match v Cricket Australia XI – Blundstone Arena, Hobart

Sat 22 February-Tue 25 February: Four-day match v Australia A – MCG, Melbourne (D/N)

Mon 2 March-Thu 5 March: Four-day match v New South Wales XI – North Dalton Park, Wollongong

Marcus Trescothick image courtesy of Getty Images

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