Former New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has been appointed as assistant coach of the Australia men’s team alongside Andre Borovec. The duo will commence roles as assistants to Andrew McDonald in Sri Lanka.
Vettori has a lot of coaching experience as he has worked as a spin consultant for Bangladesh and coached in franchise cricket. He also worked with the Australian team when the latter toured Pakistan for a series in March.
Daniel Vettori will still be able to coach in franchise cricket. He will continue as coach of Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred this season after leading them to the final last year in an interim capacity while McDonald was away with Australia duties.
“I was really impressed with what I saw of the group in Pakistan in the way they approached preparation, planning and playing,”Vettori said.
“It’s a very strong and unified group which has the potential to have a very rewarding and hopefully successful period ahead.”Vettori added.
Former New Zealand captain’s knowledge and experience would be invaluable: Andrew McDonald
McDonald and Vettori have a longstanding relationship having played together and coached together at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL where McDonald worked as an assistant under Vettori. The pair were set to swap roles in the Hundred last year before Vettori stepped in when McDonald was unavailable.
“I have worked with Daniel previously and could not speak more highly of his approach, work ethic, and rapport he brings,”McDonald said on working with Vettori.
“His experience and balanced style are well documented. He is a great fit and will bring an enormous amount of knowledge to the team.”McDonald added.
Andre Borovec has also worked with Andrew McDonald before. He has no professional playing background and is another with close links to McDonald having worked alongside him in a batting and strategy role while McDonald was head coach of Victoria and Melbourne Renegades.
“Andre has been fantastic for the group when he has been involved as an extremely skilled and experienced high-performance coach. He is a great fit culturally and brings the skills to complement our high-performance specialists,”McDonald said.
McDonald’s team already comprises batting coach Michael Di Venuto, spin coach Sri Sriram, and bowling coach Clint McKay.
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