Rixon confident Slater will play one more season
Published: Friday, May 16, 2003, 22:20 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Rixon re-appointed as NSW coach
Sydney: Re-appointed coach Steve Rixon said on Friday he expected former Test batsman Michael Slater to back up and play another season with Australian Sheffield Shield Champions New South Wales. NSW on Friday announced that the 48-year-old former Test wicket-keeper had signed on for another year as Blues' coach. There has been speculation that Slater, who lost his Test place to Justin Langer in the final Test of the 2001 Ashes tour of England, would end his prolific career, but Rixon said that was not the case. Slater is working as a television commentator in England after playing a leading role in NSW's domestic Shield and One-day cup double last southern summer. "I had talks with Michael just prior to him leaving to go overseas and our final words were he'd be back in July ready to fire up for the pre-season," Rixon said. "As far as I'm concerned, Michael will play." Rixon is also awaiting word on another former Test batsman Mark Waugh as to his desire to play another first-class season after being pushed out of the Australian Test and One-day teams at the start of last summer. "Mark's another one that we'd obviously like to see around for another year or so," Rixon said. "I think if you asked Mark, he'd probably say, 'I wouldn't mind playing,' but he's got other interests that he may have to weigh up and that's what we've got to wait and see. That decision should be made in the next three weeks, I'd like to think." Waugh, 38 next month, is leading an Australian supporters' tour in the Caribbean for Australia's Test and One-day series against the West Indies.