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Law takes on Centre of Excellence role

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 17, 2012

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Stuart Law, Bangladesh's new coach, speaks to reporters, Mirpur, July 18, 2011
Stuart Law is looking forward to working with Australia's young cricketers © AFP

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

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (April 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

@jasonpete Law has given prior notification to the Bangladesh cricket board. He will be with Bangladesh till June. And since Bangladesh doesn't have any international matches after the Pak tour till September, it gives them enough time to find a new coach

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Well, to be honest, he did a lot for Bangladeshi team. However, he has his own life and choice, so, if he is happy with that decision then let it be. We are no one to stop him. I love my family and my country, so does Law, there is nothing wrong.

Posted by Smithie on (April 18, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

@mathewjohn2176 - will keep on Srinivasan's case until he has the courage to tell SRT that India is going with DRS, he produces some pitches in India with pace and bounce to encourage batsmen to deal with balls above waist height and bowlers who can bowl fast (like Yadav - you need about three of him) and he cuts out his conflict of interest and resigns from the ICC and the BCCI and sticks with his beloved CSK. He is responsible for India 's utter humiliation in England and Australia and you Indian fans deserve better - and so do all cricket fans worldwide!

Posted by steve19191 on (April 18, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

LOL good to see that Aussie cricket is taking even bigger steps down the no idea road.....1 test and he is in this position....sums up how low Aussie cricket has plunged. Roll on the next ashes series.

Posted by samsez on (April 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

well, a performer at one stage may turn a non-performer at another stage. i still believe it was too early for a player of his caliber to have given such a high position. it might be a connection effect somewhere which resulted fruitful for law. cooley should have been helped by someone with the likes of warne, waugh brothers, taylor, healy or gilli. australia is all seamers, seamers, and seamers with thrill and excellence of the game vanished and gone after the departure of warne from international scene. australian coe should produce those giants again. where are the good men australia? i still love australian cricket but its not thrilling and excellent anymore.

Posted by Dave_75 on (April 17, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Hey Hasan... just to be clear, he has no obligation to tell the public every detail about why he quit the Bangladesh job. So long as he was up front with the Banga admin board, and we'll never know how that went down so there's no point guessing. "Family reasons" probably means he got offered a job that allowed him to be with his family, end of story. Good job and good luck Stewy.

Posted by Praxis on (April 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

@Rob Heinen, he quit this job because he had decided about COE. Surely, this announcement could've come couple of weeks later. Family reasons would sound convincing then.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (April 17, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Its good for law to stay with his family but bangladesh team showed massive improvement in their performances,now back to square one. @ Smithie on (April 17 2012, 07:36 AM GMT), it's high time you need to come out of your obsession with India and that useless Srinivasan.

Posted by jasonpete on (April 17, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Good for law but it's not good to leave the Bangladesh team at midway without any prior notification.@smithie,serious question to you? Whats the reason behind of all your post in cricinfo always end up with Srinivasan and India even when the topic is no where related to India.Did Srinivasan troubled you in some way?i am amused to see all your comments in any given article in cricinfo linking to Srinivasan and India.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Good pick up for the COE, surprised he was overlooked for the QLD job last year given he was our original sheild captain (decision turned out to be a good one for qld though)

Posted by FlashAsh on (April 17, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Good for Law. really don't understand any dispute against him about touring Pak etc? He's completing his contract until June, touring Pak in April and has a new job close to home?? Who wouldn't take this?

He's always been a consistent performer and I never understood why he didn't get more internationals under his belt!

Good luck mate!!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Clearly, this confirms that Stuart quit his job due to job promotion and not so much due to Pak tour.

Posted by SaadS123 on (April 17, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Good for him really, he weighed up his options and home was a big tick on his list. Well at least this can zip up those saying he left due to the Pak tour.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

That's quick! One day he quits his job, the next he has a new job. I was that happened to me!!

Posted by Hasan-Shahid on (April 17, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

I really didn't like the way he resigned from the Bangladesh job. It's clear that he had a long term plan to move back to Ausstralia and he succeeded on that. He cited family reasons adn anyone can do that easily, but getting a job and going back home does not look good. If he had issues with family he shouldn't have come to bangladesh first place.

Posted by IamDan on (April 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

From a distance, Law seems to have done an excellent job, with both the Banga`s, and the Lankan`s, and the COE, needs a specialist Batting Coach, and a Coach with sub-continent experience. Time will tell, but i think he is a good choice, he was a very professional, and accomplished, Cricketer.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

we'll miss u law..u should have stay till the T20 world cup..

Posted by Smithie on (April 17, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Hopefully he will use his Sub Continental contacts to bring some Asian spin expertise to the COE for the purpose of improving Aus spin bowling skills and Aus batting techniques against Asian type spin. We must be able to get some quality Asian spin coaching expertise in under the Govt 's a skilled migration program! we certainly need it to enure we can develop a long term plan to conquer the Sub Continent. Let's get prepared properly to conter the threat from Srinasan and Gambir to prepare raging turners as revenge for India's humiliation Down Under last summer.

Posted by Meety on (April 17, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Hmmm, good for Law, but really leaves the Bangas in a bit of a hole!

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