CA appoints Richard McInnes as performance analyst

Published: Friday, October 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:The overhaul of Australia's cricket team coaching set-up gathered pace with the announcement of a full-time performance analyst.

In the fall-out of Australia's 2-1 Ashes loss to England last month, moves are underway to shake up the back-room staff of the Australian team under newly re-appointed head coach John Buchanan.

Cricket Australia (CA) Friday said national cricket academy senior coach Richard McInnes had been appointed to the new position of performance analyst of the Australian team.

McInnes, 31, will take on the new full-time role as Australia prepares for the first Test match against the West Indies in Brisbane, starting on November 3.

CA said McInnes would be responsible for coordinating the team's video analysis and computer software operations, a role formerly undertaken by Australian assistant coaches Tim Nielsen and later Jamie Siddons and Dene Hills.

Buchanan, whose performance during the Ashes series was criticised by several leading cricket figures, among them former Test captain Ian Chappell, had his contract renewed last week until the end of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Buchanan admitted this week in an Indian newspaper that he "lost touch" with his players during the Ashes series which England won for the first time in 18 years.

He said he made a mistake in reducing his contact with the team, giving them and assistant coach Siddons more responsibility.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said one of the findings of an ongoing review into Australian cricket was the need to dedicate someone full-time to the performance analyst role.

"As part of the detailed review of Australias current team management structure, a need was identified to split the roles of assistant coach and performance analyst," Sutherland said in a statement.

"The increasing importance of technology in sport means the demands on the performance analyst are growing all the time, and in the past those demands may have impinged on the assistant coachs ability to perform his daily coaching duties.

Prior to his role at the academy, McInnes worked as the high performance manager at the Bangladesh Cricket Board, a role that involved coaching the Bangladesh A and under-19 squads.

He also had coaching roles at Queensland Cricket, was seconded to the Cricket Academy in Adelaide during 2003 and was heavily involved in the national pace bowling program from 2000.

Buchanan said McInnes would provide him, as national coach, with additional support.

"He is well equipped to handle the technical aspect of the job, but can turn his hand to practical skill-based training when required," Buchanan said.

CA also announced that Jock Campbell, the Australian sides strength and conditioning coach since November 2000, will no longer continue in the role and a search for a replacement was underway.

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