May 28, 2003

Wayne Clark appointed Western Australia coach

Wisden CricInfo staff

Wayne Clark, the former Australian fast bowler, has been appointed coach of Western Australia for the 2003-04 Australian season. Clark coached Yorkshire in their last two seasons before being sacked by them last year.

Clark is currently in England, negotiating his settlement with Yorkshire. According to Kath White, the chief executive of the Western Australian Cricket Association, Clark will return to Perth next week to prepare for the upcoming season, which begins in October.

Clark's glory days as a coach came with Western Australia in the 1990s, when he guided them to two Sheffield Shield victories and two one-day interstate titles in his six years in charge. He now replaces Mike Veletta, who was sacked by Western Australia at the end of last season.

Interestingly, Clark has a personal stake in this job as well. His son, Michael, is a promising fast bowler with Western Australia, and is tipped by many to be a future Test player.