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Shelley Nitschke handed four-year deal as Australia head coach

Shelley Nitschke has been named the brand new head coach of the Australia girls’s crew for the subsequent 4 years, after having taken on the position in an interim capability since Matthew Mott left earlier this yr.

Nitschke, who had been an assistant coach with Australia since 2018, was in command of the aspect as they secured gold on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, and had been the frontrunner for the full-time place. A former allrounder who was capped 122 instances, Nitschke is at present Perth Scorchers head coach within the WBBL, a job she shared along with her earlier Australia place, and she’s going to see out her contract with them this season earlier than leaving.

“I am honoured to have been given this chance to guide the crew full-time and to proceed to construct on the legacy created by Matthew Mott,” Nitschke stated. “Whereas I loved my time working as assistant coach, I really feel the time is correct to step up and lead this group in what’s shaping as a brand new period with a new-look teaching group and the retirement of Rachael Haynes.

“The lack of Rach will little doubt be felt, however it presents an ideal alternative for others to place their palms up each from a management perspective in addition to with the bat and within the subject. Our problem is to make sure the crew continues to evolve; we have seen groups like India take their recreation to the subsequent stage and it is vital that the gamers really feel they’ve the help they should preserve getting higher daily.

“Our crew continues to go from energy to energy and I am excited to see what this group can obtain subsequent; there’s some vital cricket on the horizon together with the ICC Ladies’s T20 World Cup in February and away Ashes subsequent winter, so it is a good time to be concerned.”

Nitschke’s first project because the everlasting head coach would be the T20I tour of India in December. Australia subsequent play on house soil in January in opposition to Pakistan earlier than heading to South Africa to defend their T20 title.

The make-up of Nitschke’s help workers is but to be confirmed. Dan Marsh and Jude Coleman have been her assistants on the Commonwealth Video games after Ben Sawyer left to be head coach of the New Zealand girls’s crew.

“We’re delighted to nominate Shelley as head coach of our world champion girls’s crew,” Ben Oliver, the overall supervisor of excessive efficiency and nationwide groups, stated. “She did an impressive job in an interim capability throughout the Commonwealth Video games and was the clear standout candidate within the recruitment course of.

“Shelley is an extremely well-respected coach with a confirmed observe file. She is aware of what it takes to achieve success at a global stage and brings vital teaching and taking part in expertise to the position.

“She’s been an ideal mentor for the spin group since becoming a member of as an assistant in 2018, serving to develop them into a few of the world’s main bowlers, and we stay up for seeing what the crew can obtain with Shelley on the helm.”

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