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New faces in Australia coaching staff for Sri Lanka

  • Coach with no first-class experience in line to join tour party

Australia coaching staff 

Head Coach: Andrew McDonald

Test Assistant Head Coach/Australia “A” Head Coach: Andre Borovec*

Bowling Coach for T20Is and ODIs: Clint McKay*

Batting Coach: Michael Di Venuto

Senior Assistant Head Coach: Daniel Vettori*

Spin Bowling Coach: Sridharan Sreeram*

* The appointments are yet to be finalised

Clint McKay (left) has a long-standing relationship with Andrew McDonald (right)

Australia men’s cricket tour of SL – June-July 2022

Australia men’s cricket team are set to play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and two Tests during June-July in Sri Lanka. The matches will be played in Colombo, Kandy, and Galle respectively

Schedule:

7 June (Tue.) – 1st T20I at RPICS, Colombo

8 June (Wed.) – 2nd T20I at RPICS, Colombo

11 June (Sat.) – 3rd T20I at PICS, Kandy

14 June (Tue.) – 1st ODI at PICS, Kandy

16 June (Tue.) – 2nd ODI at PICS, Kandy

19 June (Sun.) – 3rd ODI at RPICS, Colombo

21 June (Tue.) – 4th ODI at RPICS, Colombo

24 June (Fri.) – 5th ODI at RPICS, Colombo

29 June-3 July (Wed. to Sun.) – 1st Test at GICS, Galle

8-12 July (Fri. to Tue.) – 2nd Test at GICS, Galle

RPICS = R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

PICS = Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

GICS = Galle International Cricket Stadium

Australia ‘A’ cricket tour of SL –  June 2022 

Australia “A” cricket team will tour Sri Lanka in June. They will play two 50-over games and two four-day matches against Sri Lanka “A”. The matches will be played in Colombo and Hambantota

Schedule:

8 June (Wed.) – 1st 50-over match at SSC, Colombo

10 June (Fri.) – 2nd 50-over match at SSC, Colombo

14-17 June (Tue.-Fri.) – 1st four-day match at MRICS, Hambantota

21-24 June (Tue.-Fri.) – 2nd four-day match at MRICS, Hambantota

SSC = Singhalese Sports Club

MRICS = Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium

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New Australia Head Coach Andrew McDonald’s staff is taking shape with three new names – Andre Borovec, Clint McKay, and Daniel Vettori – expected to be involved for the tour of Sri Lanka next month.

This means that Australia are poised to confirm the rare appointment of a coach with no first-class cricket experience into a full-time role, with Victorian Borovec in line to join their men’s national cricket team coaching staff.

Leaves CV to join Aus team

It is believed the appointment is imminent and that there are plans for Borovec to be the Lead Coach of the Australia “A” side in Sri Lanka next month before he joins the Test squad.

Cricket Victoria (CV) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nick Cummins, had, last Friday (20) announced that Borovec was leaving his assistant role with the state men’s team to take a similar job with the Aussies under new Coach McDonald.

McDonald replaced Justin Langer

McDonald, a five-Test player and former Bowling Coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Head Coach of Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), was, in October 2019, appointed as Assistant Coach to Justin Langer with the Australian men’s cricket team.

On 5 February 2022, with the resignation of Langer, McDonald was appointed Interim Head Coach of the team. On 13 April 2022, he was officially appointed as Head Coach of the Australia national cricket team for four years.

Bowling coaches

Clint McKay, the former Australia fast bowler who played with McDonald at Victoria and under his coaching at Leicestershire, is understood to be coming to Sri Lanka as Bowling Coach for the Twenty20 International (T20I) and One-Day International (ODI) legs of the tour.

Michael Di Venuto remains the team’s Batting Coach while Australia’s The Nine media network reported earlier this month that former New Zealand Captain Daniel Vettori could become a more permanent fixture within the team, having had a stint with the limited-overs sides in Pakistan earlier this year.

Indian Spin Bowling Coach Sridharan Sreeram is expected to re-join the squad in Sri Lanka, having been unable to travel to Pakistan.