Dawes accepts India bowling coach offer

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Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 18:44 [IST]
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Dawes named as new India bowling coach

Chennai, Feb 14: India have appointed Australian Joe Dawes as their new bowling coach after South African Eric Simons was sacked.

Former Queensland pacer Dawes, previously coached South Australia and played 76 first-class matches claiming 285 wickets between 1997 and 2005.

BCCI's decision to hire Dawes, 41, comes after India suffered two consecutive whitewashes in Test series against England and Australia extending their winless run to eight Test matches.

Eric Simons was the first member of the team management to be sacked after Test losses considering the form and fitness of the bowlers.

Former South Africa cricketer, Simons, who represented his country in 23 one-day internationals, was appointed in 2010 and was part of the World Cup-winning Indian squad coached by compatriot Gary Kirsten.

"Joe Dawes has been appointed the bowling coach of the Indian team for a period of two years," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

"He will replace Eric Simons, whose term ends at the completion of India's ongoing tour of Australia."

BCCI, however, ruled out a possibility of changes in the team management after the team's recent Test whitewash.

"I think it's premature to talk of an inquiry, there's no need for any inquiry if you ask me," said BCCI president Narayanaswamy Srinivasan.

"Let the team come back. Then the selectors, the coach, and the others will evaluate what needs to be done further to improve performance if it is considered necessary."


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