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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 08:12 GMT
England miss Cooley, says Greig
By Oliver Brett
BBC Sport at the Ashes

Flintoff and Harmison
England's bowlers struggled during the opening Ashes defeat
Former captain Tony Greig says England should never have allowed bowling coach Troy Cooley to leave and switch his allegiances to Australia.

England's bowlers struggled in the first Ashes Test as Australia won by 277 runs in Brisbane.

And Greig, now a respected broadcaster, said the senior players should have fought to keep Cooley on board.

"As a player I would have made it my business to be in the ears of the people making the decision," he said.

"I would have gone over the top of the coach's head if need be to see him stay. He worked so well for England."

Cooley was seen as a key component in England's 2005 Ashes success.

But he moved to Australia last December, saying the England and Wales Cricket Board had only offered him a one-year deal, rather than the two-year contract he was seeking.

Troy Cooley
Cooley left England to join Australia in June 2006

Kevin Shine now has the job of working with England's pace corps, including Steve Harmison, who admitted he "froze" in the opening match and finished with figures of 1-177.

Greig, who played 58 Tests for England, said: "Maybe the senior players need to think about this a little bit.

"They knew how well these bowlers had done under Cooley.

"He should have been England bowling coach to the end of the Ashes - it was an absolute must - so I think the senior players should have been right in there, making him keep that job."

England took just 10 wickets at the Gabba as the Aussies racked up more than 800 runs.

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Matthew Hoggard and James Anderson also looked out of sorts, with little assistance available off the pitch or through the air.

But coach Duncan Fletcher is backing Cooley's replacement Kevin Shine to help them find their best form.

"He's very confident he can do something, and I fully support Shiney," Fletcher said.

"He came highly recommended to us from Troy, he coaches alongside very similar lines and that's why we went for him.

"I have every confidence in Kevin because I worked with Troy very closely and I've seen how he works - they're very similar coaches."

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