Craig McDermott named Australia Test team's bowling coach

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Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 13:08 [IST]
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McDermott is Australia bowling coach

Melbourne, Oct 17: Former paceman Craig McDermott has been appointed as Test Bowling Coach of Australian team while Ali de Winter will be ODI and T20 bowling coach, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Thursday.

McDermott was the team's coach in 2011-12 season but had left the position due to personal reasons. Now, he will be in-charge of the team during Australia's Ashes campaign against England which starts next month at home. 48-year-old McDermott played 71 Tests for Australia and captured 291 wickets between 1984 and 1996.

Commenting on the appointment, McDermott said: "I'm very happy to be in a position to join the Australian coaching setup again and I look forward to working closely with Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke and the team this summer.

"There is obviously a huge focus on regaining the Ashes this summer and I'll work as hard as possible to prepare our bowlers for the challenge ahead," McDermott said.

Commenting on the changes, General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said: "Appointing coaches to specific roles is something the Team Performance Department has been considering for some time.

"Given the amount of cricket played now in all three forms of the game, we've been considering our coaching structure to get the best out of the players across the various formats.

"We also feel that with the amount of touring now it is extremely difficult for every member of the support staff to be on every tour. As we've seen in more recent times we've swapped our support staff at particular moments to ensure everyone is fresh and energised and the feedback on that has been very positive," Howard said.

Commenting on the decision, Australian coach Darren Lehmann said: "It's great that Craig is now in a position to be involved again and also means we are able to allow Ali to focus on the limited overs formats ahead of the ICC World T20 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which are coming up quickly.

"Less time travelling for both Ali and Craig also means more time at home to plan, work with the states or BBL teams and also directly with the bowlers on technical aspects or other areas for improvement," Lehmann said.

Commenting on his appointment, De Winter said: "We have the two most important limited overs tournaments in world cricket coming up with the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh next year and then the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia in 2015 so I'm very much looking forward to working with the fast bowlers as we build-up to these events.

"I enjoy both forms of the limited overs game and welcome the challenge of working with the bowlers on specific preparation and tactical awareness for each of these formats.

"We have some work to do between now and each of the world events and I'm looking forward to focussing on contributing to returning Australia to the number 1 ranking in T20 and ODI cricket," de Winter said.


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