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Australia whittle down bowling coach options

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 9, 2011

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Craig McDermott was the top wicket-taker in the 1987 World Cup with 18 wickets
Craig McDermott is one of the contenders to become Australia's bowling coach © Getty Images
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Australia's new bowling coach is expected to be named this week, with Craig McDermott and Allister de Winter among the leading contenders. The former Test fast men Jason Gillespie and Andy Bichel have already been eliminated in the race to become Troy Cooley's replacement, while at least one high-profile overseas candidate is still in contention.

McDermott, 46, has been coaching at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane for two years and appeared to be the front-runner when he went on last month's tour of Bangladesh with Michael Clarke's side. However, de Winter, the former Tasmania allrounder, has also made it through the first round of interviews and could be a surprise appointment.

A fringe player during his seven seasons with Tasmania during the late 1980s and early 1990s, de Winter took 35 wickets in 21 first-class appearances at an average of 50.51. It is a far cry from the 291 Test victims collected by McDermott, but it's a similar record to Cooley, a former team-mate of de Winter at Tasmania, who took 54 first-class wickets in 33 games.

de Winter, 43, joined Tasmania as an assistant coach in 2007, after returning from Bangladesh, where he was head coach of the National Cricket Academy and the Bangladesh Under-19s. He has also toured with the Australia side, joining them in South Africa in 2009 as part of Cricket Australia's coaching development programme.

Last summer, de Winter guided a Tasmanian bowling attack that was instrumental in securing the state's second Sheffield Shield title, utilising swing and seam on helpful pitches. The new mentor will play a key role in guiding Australia's bowlers on their next Test tour, a planned visit to Sri Lanka later this year, before the trip to South Africa in October and November.

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Posted by fazald on (May 11, 2011, 1:29 GMT)

Hope the ACB or Cricket Australia whoever is in charge of aussie cricket would get it right by appointing someone with good knowledge & skill to be the next bowling coach. It is vital that we get things right atleast this time after a very disappointing performance by former bowling coach Trevor Cooley who couldn't even put right the flaws of Mitchell Johnson during his tenure.Where our current bowling attack is the worst in the history of aussie cricket.Glenn McGrath should be appointed as our fast bowling coach & Shane Warne should be the spin bowling coach.If we are really serious about our cricket "nobody's" like Hilditch, Neilsen & Sutherland have to step down in the interest of aussie cricket & have to be replaced by more knowledgeable former cricketers like Alan Border, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Mathew Hayden etc.We cannot be complacent & have to act quickly after two ashes series losses & an early exit in the last cricket world cup & a decline in crcket world rankings

Posted by Meety on (May 10, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

My dream support; 1. Selection Panel - S Waugh (chairman), G Chappell, B Simpson 2. Head Coach - A Border, (G Marsh would be ok) 3. Batting consultant - M Hayden 4. Bowling consultant - Warne, (Gillespie be ok) 5. Fielding consultant - M Waugh

Posted by 5wombats on (May 10, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

I would have thought it best to start at the top and work down. Sack the people at the top and get in new people - then let them decide who they want at the lower levels. Bowling coach, batting coach, fielding coach - these are all lower levels. Something has to change or Australia is going to be drinking at the Same Again Saloon. Warne/Border/Taylor need to be involved! @howizzat - I always rated Bruce Reid too.

Posted by ygkd on (May 10, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

Gillespie would have seemed a good pick. Oh well...

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (May 10, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

i agree with some of the posters.. steve or even mark waugh could be a worth candidate for head coach. they were both top class players. for bowling, i think someone from recent time would be better as he'd know something about reverse swing. gillespie or bichel could've been the ones. sack the lot (tim, hilditch, chappel, and sutherland). get border in as cheif selector.

Posted by s.sreekant on (May 9, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

chief culprits are nielsen,sutherland n hilditch.i always wonder about these guys decisions bizarre selection or bizarre decisions and how did nielsen's contract got extended i dont see his coaching being effective.Aus doesnt need such ppl in their cricketing system n if they continue with these guys aus are sure to become another WI!!!!!!

Posted by DazzaC14 on (May 9, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

hilditch and nielsen have to go and warney needs to coach the spin bowlers with someonelse to coach the pacers and micky arthur should be coach with ab head of selectors

Posted by jonesy2 on (May 9, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

yep hilditch and nielson have to go i wont have mcdermott as bowling coach and allan border or shane warne as coach or maybe mark taylor.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (May 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

Nielsen and Hilditch both need the sack.

Posted by Governor on (May 9, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

Nielsen and Hilditch have to go. Can CA act swiftly to terminate the contacts of Nielsen and Hilditch. Andrew Hilditch has a record of ruining Australian cricket's reputation when he represents Australia. He was not good enough!!

CA have to think outside the square, but I have given up.

CA is a joke!

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