Australia confirm behind-the-scenes coaching staff overhaul

New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori has been confirmed as one of the new full-time assistant coaches for the Australian men’s team.

The former orthodox left-arm all-rounder joins Victorian Andre Borovec, as revealed on Saturday, as two new assistant coaches following the elevation of Andrew McDonald to head coach and the departure of Jeff Vaughan to coach Tasmania.

Vettori was named to the permanent position after a stint with the team during the white ball leg of the Pakistan tour.

The 43-year-old, who played 113 Tests and 295 ODIs for New Zealand during an illustrious 18-year international career, joins the Australian coaching ranks ahead of a subcontinent-dominated schedule over the past 18 coming months, which includes tours of Sri Lanka next month and India early next year, as well as a World Cup at 50 in India from October 2023.

“I was really impressed with what I saw from the group in Pakistan in the way they approached preparation, planning and playing. It’s a very strong and unified group that has the potential to have a very rewarding and hopefully successful time,” said Vettori. .

Borovec and Vettori will begin their roles with the national team leading up to the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka’s two-Test series.

Borovec will coach Australia A in Sri Lanka ahead of the Test Series alongside Australian women’s assistant coach Ben Sawyer and Sunny Kaliyar.

Former Test and Victoria dressmaker Clint McKay will join the coaching staff for the T20 and ODI component of the tour, as previously revealed by, along with McDonald, batting coach Michael Di Venuto and the spin coach Sri Sriram before Borovec and Vettori. begin their roles for the series Test.

Vettori will continue as head coach of Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred in England.

Vettori works with members of Australia’s white ball squad before they depart for Pakistan in March // Jonathon

Borovec’s appointment as a full-time assistant coach is rare given that most coaches who progress to international level usually have playing experience at least at domestic level.

The 44-year-old former teacher and former first-year wicketkeeper with Geelong in Victorian Premier Cricket, has become a much-loved mentor with Victoria, the Melbourne Renegades and, more recently, with Australia on limited runs over the course of the past. 12 months.

He had a formative influence on McDonald’s coaching style when he played for Geelong in the twilight of his career when Borovec coached the club. He also has a long association with white ball captain Aaron Finch, having also played with him at Geelong.

“André has been fantastic for the group when he’s been involved as an extremely capable and experienced high performance coach,” McDonald said.

“He adapts perfectly to the culture and brings the necessary skills to complement our high performance specialists.

“I have worked with Daniel before and cannot speak highly enough of his approach, work ethic and rapport. His experience and balanced style is well documented. He fits in perfectly and will bring huge amount of knowledge to the team.”

Borovec oversees an intra-squad match during the 2021 Caribbean White Ball Tour // Clancy
Borovec oversees an intra-squad match during the 2021 Caribbean White Ball Tour // Clancy

Borovec, who was part of Australia’s coaching staff in the 1-0 Test series win in Pakistan under interim head coach McDonald, said he was hugely honored to have this full-time opportunity.

“I have enjoyed the times I have been involved with the team and look forward to working full time with the coaching group, players and staff to continually seek improvement and ultimately the success,” he said.

Additional appointments to the men’s team support staff include Nick Jones as physiotherapist and Mary Spillane as psychologist, who will begin ahead of the Sri Lankan tour.

Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka, 2022

T20 Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Matthew Wade

June 7: First T20, Colombo

June 8: Second T20, Colombo

June 11: Third T20, Kandy

The ODI team: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

June 14: First ODI, Kandy

June 16: Second ODI, Kandy

June 19: Third ODI, Colombo

June 21st: Fourth ODI, Colombo

June 24: Fifth ODI, Colombo

Test group: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

June 29 – July 3: First try, Galle

July 8-12: Second try, Galle

Australia A schedule

Team: Sean Abbott, Scott Boland, Pete Handscomb, Aaron Hardie, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kuhnemann, Nic Maddinson, Todd Murphy, Josh Philippe, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, Mark Steketee

June 8: First match of a day against Sri Lanka A, Colombo

June 10: Second match of a day against Sri Lanka A, Colombo

June 14-17: first class tour match against Sri Lanka A, Hambantota

June 21-24: first class tour match against Sri Lanka A, Hambantota

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