Former England Pacer Graham Onions was named as the new bowling coach of Lancashire.
38-year-old Graham Onions has formally retired from playing cricket after having sustained a back injury in the curtailed 2020 season. Still, his skills as a former Durham and England pace bowler will not go to waste after he had been signed as one of the staff at the Old Trafford. With that, he has been appointed by Lancashire to be their new bowling coach.
Talking about his new role, Onions said, ‘I am thrilled to get the opportunity to stay at Lancashire as bowling coach and work with one of the most talented bowling attacks in county cricket. The depth of talent in the Lancashire system is immense. Competition for places in the current First XI squad is fierce and there is no shortage of talent coming through the Academy pathway; I have been lucky to see that first hand in my coaching role over the last three years’.
‘Seeing players you have worked with progress, improve and ultimately perform for the First XI is as good as any feeling as I had during my playing days. I was lucky to experience that last summer with a few lads in their debut seasons and I hope I can help even more bowlers contribute to success for the Red Rose over the coming years’, he added.
He also stated that he really considered Emirates Old Trafford to be his second home and that the support he has been receiving has been overwhelming. As he accepted his new role, level-4 coach Onions will be working alongside Lancashire head coach Glenn Chapple and assistant coach Mark Chilton. This will not be his first time to work with the team as he had formerly taken some coaching responsibilities for the county’s age group and academy teams.
Talking about having him on the team, Lancashire’s director of cricket Paul Allott said, ‘Graham is a universally popular and respected figure within the game, and we are delighted he will continue his association with the club. His talent on the field was undoubted, but we were all incredibly impressed with the impact he had in a coaching capacity during the shortened 2020 season, particularly when Glen Chapple was away with England in the early stages’.
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