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Paul and Jamie heading for the West Indies

Anthony McGrath (batting coach), Alan Richardson (pace bowling coach) and Paul Tweddle (fielding and wicketkeeper coach) have been appointed to the England Men’s coaching team for the upcoming IT20 series away to West Indies.

The trio were appointed for the five-match series, which begins in Barbados on January 22nd, following an open recruitment and interview process.

Paul Collingwood has previously been confirmed as Head Coach for the tour with Marcus Trescothick an Assistant Coach.

McGrath and Richardson were a part of the England Men’s coaching set-up during the summer for the Royal London Series victory over Pakistan, while Paul, who was Somerset’s Royal London Cup Head Coach in 2021, joins the team for the first time.

Following his appointment, Paul said: “I’m very excited and it’s a great group to be involved with and to learn from. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add some value as well.

“Opportunities like this are all about learning from the environment. It’s about seeing how the players and staff go about things at international level and building on those standards. International cricket and everything that goes with it is an intense environment and it will be interesting to see what it’s like.

“You bring back a huge amount from experiences like this. You gain a vast amount of knowledge about how things are done at the highest level. It gives you ideas on how to improve but it also reaffirms the things that you are already doing well at domestic level. It’s not just about what we can learn, it’s also about what we can add to the environment.”

SCCC Head of Science & Medicine, Jamie Thorpe will also be making the trip, and Paul is delighted for his County colleague. “It’s great recognition for Jamie,” he said. “He does a huge amount of work that goes unseen behind the scenes at Somerset. He’s incredibly methodical and diligent about what he does, and he’s an excellent practitioner.”

It’s a tour that Jamie is looking forward to.

“This is a great opportunity and I’m really excited about getting the chance to observe players working at the pinnacle of white-ball cricket,” he explained. “It will give me the chance to try and better myself and improve my knowledge of what that environment expects.

“I also feel that it will be beneficial to Somerset because it will expose me to other professionals and their way of thinking and reinforce the processes that are currently in place at Somerset.

“It will be great to see how the England side operates whilst getting to know some of the characters. It will also be interesting to see how the team manage the expectations that are put upon them. Hopefully, I will be able to bring some of that knowledge back to help further develop our department here in Somerset.

“After applying for the position, I went through the interview process and was fortunate enough to be selected. I got a call from Steve Griffin, the England physio, and he delivered the news that I’d be spending a few weeks in the West Indies. My main role will be supporting Steve on a day-to-day basis and I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

“It’s great that Paul Tweddle will be involved. He thoroughly deserves this opportunity because he’s a fantastic coach. Everyone at Somerset knows that and now he gets to demonstrate that at the highest level.

“These kinds of opportunities show that we are demonstrating the right philosophies and skills at Somerset and it’s fantastic that the likes of myself, Paul, and the rest of the team are in the frame when these openings arise.”

The squad is due to fly to Barbados on Saturday.

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