Richard Dawson named as England spin coach for West Indies Series
Gloucestershire Cricket head coach Richard Dawson has joined up with England Cricket, taking on the role of spin coach for the duration of the West Indies Test series which will get under way on July 8.
Dawson, who successfully led the England Lions in Australia over the winter, has been working closely with some of the country’s established and up-and-coming spinners since late last year and now has the opportunity to coach under Chris Silverwood.
The news came as a surprise to Dawson who said: “I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was preparing for the season at Gloucestershire and waiting for guidance from the ECB on the county schedule and then this great opportunity came up. I’m really looking forward to working with the England group and I’m grateful to be asked to work with such top class players and coaches.”
Dawson was selected for this series alongside other coaches including Glen Chapple, Matt Walker, Chris Read and will be with the team for the majority of July.
Gloucestershire Cricket CEO Will Brown commented: “It is absolutely brilliant news that Richard has been asked to join the England training camp as their Spin Bowling Coach. Having led an unbeaten tour of Australia with the England Lions as head xoach earlier in the year it is great to see him once more involved with one of the National sides.
"We know that he will do an exceptional job with this group of England players and that he will flourish in this environment.”
In his absence, assistant head coach Ian Harvey will take charge of the Gloucestershire squad should the first team training resume before his return. Harvey will be helped in large part by head of medical David Bartlett, who will take on a larger role due to lockdown restrictions.