Australia news April 17, 2012

Law takes on Centre of Excellence role

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law has been confirmed as the new high performance coach of Australia's Centre of Excellence (COE). Law stepped down from his role as coach of Bangladesh on Monday and his new position will allow him to be based in his home city of Brisbane, where he will be a key assistant to Troy Cooley, the head coach of the COE.

The high performance coach position is a new role that stemmed from the Argus review into Australia's performance. The job involves helping Cooley to provide tactical and technical support and development for Australia's cricketers in both state and national programmes, and Law said he was passionate about developing young players.

"The opportunity to return home to be closer with family and work in Brisbane with Australia's established and emerging talent was too good to pass up," Law said. "As a member of the first intake of the former Cricket Academy, I'm a passionate believer in the COE and look forward to ... [delivering] programs that will develop and prepare players for the challenge of achieving sustained international success.

Law, who played one Test and 54 ODIs for Australia, and 367 first-class matches in a career spanning 20 years, will start his new role after he completes his notice period with Bangladesh. The COE manager, Belinda Clark, said Law's experience as both a player and a coach would make him a valuable acquisition.

"Stuart is a current international coach with recent demonstrable success and we're fortunate to have secured his services in the Australian Cricket landscape," Clark said. "He has experienced success with two international teams, periods that included an ICC Cricket World Cup final appearance with Sri Lanka in 2011 and Bangladesh's first Asia Cup final last month.

"His knowledge of the sub-continent and England, and his experience with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will bring a global perspective to the COE."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale