Bangalore, Aug 3: Australia have appointed Allister de Winter as bowling coach and plans to have him on board in time for the tour of the United Arab Emirates where Australia will play Afghanistan and Pakistan, it was announced by Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday. He will replace Craig McDermott.
CA Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said in a media release: "We're very pleased to have secured Ali's services for the role from a wide field of international candidates."
"Ali presented well on how he would manage the role on a day-to-day basis and has impressed through his work with bowlers such as Ben Hilfenhaus and Jackson Bird in Tasmania, and while he was the interim bowling coach on the recent VB Tour to England.
"We feel Ali has skills that will complement those of Mickey Arthur, Justin Langer and Steve Rixon and is well equipped to pick-up on Craig McDermott's previous good work," Howard said.
Currently head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes KFC T20 Big Bash League side and assistant coach of the Tasmanian Tigers, de Winter said he intended to keep things simple and uncomplicated as fast bowling coach.
"I don't think it is too complicated - it's about having a strong work ethic, building good relationships and doing things like attacking the top of off stump in Test cricket," he said.
"I am particularly excited to get this chance, particularly now as Australia has such a deep pool of fast bowling talent with 10-12 young bowlers featuring at the moment.
"There is a great group of young bowlers coming through to complement the experienced names who are also performing well."