Australia news June 5, 2012

Waqar interviewed to replace McDermott

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Waqar Younis, the former captain and coach of Pakistan, has been interviewed for the position of Australian bowling coach, as Cricket Australia intensifies its search for the man to replace Craig McDermott.

Based in Sydney after he concluded a two-year stint as coach of Pakistan in 2011, Waqar is understood to have spoken to CA's team performance manager Pat Howard about taking on a role that was unexpectedly vacated by McDermott at the conclusion of the Australian tour of the West Indies.

Australia's search for a new bowling coach is taking place at a time when many of the best candidates are already tied to other national teams or unwilling to commit to the travel pressures of the job. David Saker, Allan Donald, Joe Dawes and Damien Wright are all employed at international level, while the likes of Andy Bichel and Damien Fleming have said they are unwilling to devote as much time to the job as required by CA.

Another possible candidate, Jason Gillespie, is in his first season as the coach of Yorkshire, while Ali de Winter, who ran McDermott close for the position in 2011, is thought to be enjoying his expanded role in Tasmania as assistant coach of the Tigers and head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes Twenty20 team.

As a part-time member of the selection panel, Bichel saw the improvement McDermott brought to the team, and has said his preference would be for a mentor with proven international pedigree. ''With so many young guys coming through the system, I think you need someone who has played international cricket and who can teach them the stuff in the middle more than the technical stuff, how to get people out,'' Bichel told the Age last month. ''That was one of the great bonuses with Craig.''

Waqar has been refreshed by 10 months off cricket's global caravan. He cited personal and health reasons - both for himself and his wife - when he exited the Pakistan coaching job, but has actively sought a return to coaching with Australia.

Were he to be employed as bowling coach, Waqar would bring valuable knowledge to the Australian dressing room, particularly pertaining to reverse swing, an art the team have struggled to make best use of down the years. Under McDermott, Australia's fast bowlers demonstrated an excellent command of the basics, bowling full, straight and moving the ball conventionally, while also showing tremendous discipline in unhelpful conditions in Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

They will now be looking to build on those gains, and Waqar's mastery of reverse swing, as demonstrated across a celebrated Test match career in which he claimed 373 wickets, would be a useful addition to the team's database of knowledge. His coaching history has included numerous short-term consultancy roles, including with the ECB academy on a tour to India, while he has worked with New South Wales since first moving with his family to Sydney in 2005.

Back then, Waqar had pointed out how much Australia needed a bowling coach, having watched Ricky Ponting's team struggle to match England's results in the 2005 Ashes series. He may now be in line to mentor a highly promising battery of young pacemen over a critical two-year stretch that cultimnates in back-to-back Ashes series in England and Australia in 2012-13.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 8, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum, Indians would be more than glad to give Sachin to you guys (either into your team as a player or into your dressing room as your coach). He's been harming Indian Cricket for a while now. We wouldn't complain if he harms Pakistan team. Mind you I like the Pakistan team a lot, especially, Wasim bhai, Imran bhai, Zaheer Abbas mia, Sarfaraz Nawaz mia, Ajmal bhai and some more great players from your country. But when it comes to Cricket, as an Indian, I will be happy if Sachin coaches you and you guys play a series against us. Trust me, India will smash your team if Sachin plays for you or coaches you. He is a huge liability, an elephant in the room as Sanjay Manjrekar wants to put it.

  • POSTED BY mzshan78 on | June 8, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I think Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer while Wasim Akram has proven himself as a great cricketer as well as a great coach. Every batsman can not be a good coach. Sachin is yet to prove his ability to coach someone. Waqar is a gutsy character and very talented to deal at any level now so I think he deserves a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @jmcilhinney 'rather handy bowler' this would go down in history as most astonishing the understatement of 2012

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 8, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @getsetgopk/WickyRoy.paklover - firstly, I stated that I am/was a big fan of Waqar the bowler. Secondly, getting LBWs does not indicate a yorker. I would hazard to guess that with Waqar, he would of not gotten too many LBWs from the inswinging yorker because an umpire would always be wondering if it was doing too much, maybe he would of been an even more dangerous bowler in the era of UDRS? (Dunno)Most LBWs come from GOOD LENGTH deliveries. Thirdly, Malinga will NEVER receive the kudos that Waqar got as his test career is tragically too short. However, there is ample proof that Malinga has an exceptionally great yorker - if you fail to acknowledge this, you are not worth talking to. Fourthly - Of the 3 bowlers you & I have mentioned - Thommo's yorkers were delivered about 10 to 15kph FASTER. I repeat, I hold Waqar's skills in the highest regard, IMO there are 2 bowlers who happenned to bowl yorkers as well as Waqar, it's my OPINION!

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    I see A LOT of Indian fans wanting Wasim Akram as their bowling coach. Just think of the Indian fans reactions if just ONE Pak fan wants Sachin Tendulkar as Pak's batting coach. If India want Wasim Akram so badly, then gladly and willingly give us Sachin Tendulkar to coach our young Umar Akmal :D

  • POSTED BY tasliskr on | June 8, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    get an aussie coach knows the strength and weakness of our bowlers.helps to play free from injuries and with full fitness.....we got enough bowlers talented to perform in every situations....bird,cutting,coulter nile,copeland,mcdermott,hogan,hastings,haberfield,george,richardson etc,,,,,,,,try each one in a rotation policy...i am sure some of them will find regular place in our teams future tours.....it would be right mix up with our current attack and helps to confuse other teams tooooooo

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | June 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    what a joke Pakistan looks for coaches all over the place while their own legends are sought out by other countries that recognize their greatness

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    India SHOULD get The Great Wasim bhai as our bowling coach. He mixes so well into our people, players and country at large. We all love Wasim bhai and we want to see him in India's dressing room as our bowling coach. Jai Ho Wasim bhai.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @Meety,cöme on man!,malinga,thomson gd in their era bt waqar z one of greatest all times,so no comparisons,2ndly leave aside stats,overall impact z way more than d combind impact of these 2,

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 7, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @Meety: These are test stats for the three bowlers you mentioned. Waqar 373 wickets, bowled and LBW are 212, about 57% of the total wickets he got. Malinga 101 wickets, 46 bowled and LBW, about 45% of the total wickets. Jeff Thomson 169 wickets, 61 bowled and LBW, about 36% of his total wickets. The thing is everyone can bowl a perfect yorker on any given day what separate a GREAT from an ORDINARY is how frequently can they do it. I have never seen anyone do it better than WAQAR. The two bowlers you mentioned, they dont even come close.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 8, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum, Indians would be more than glad to give Sachin to you guys (either into your team as a player or into your dressing room as your coach). He's been harming Indian Cricket for a while now. We wouldn't complain if he harms Pakistan team. Mind you I like the Pakistan team a lot, especially, Wasim bhai, Imran bhai, Zaheer Abbas mia, Sarfaraz Nawaz mia, Ajmal bhai and some more great players from your country. But when it comes to Cricket, as an Indian, I will be happy if Sachin coaches you and you guys play a series against us. Trust me, India will smash your team if Sachin plays for you or coaches you. He is a huge liability, an elephant in the room as Sanjay Manjrekar wants to put it.

  • POSTED BY mzshan78 on | June 8, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I think Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer while Wasim Akram has proven himself as a great cricketer as well as a great coach. Every batsman can not be a good coach. Sachin is yet to prove his ability to coach someone. Waqar is a gutsy character and very talented to deal at any level now so I think he deserves a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @jmcilhinney 'rather handy bowler' this would go down in history as most astonishing the understatement of 2012

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 8, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @getsetgopk/WickyRoy.paklover - firstly, I stated that I am/was a big fan of Waqar the bowler. Secondly, getting LBWs does not indicate a yorker. I would hazard to guess that with Waqar, he would of not gotten too many LBWs from the inswinging yorker because an umpire would always be wondering if it was doing too much, maybe he would of been an even more dangerous bowler in the era of UDRS? (Dunno)Most LBWs come from GOOD LENGTH deliveries. Thirdly, Malinga will NEVER receive the kudos that Waqar got as his test career is tragically too short. However, there is ample proof that Malinga has an exceptionally great yorker - if you fail to acknowledge this, you are not worth talking to. Fourthly - Of the 3 bowlers you & I have mentioned - Thommo's yorkers were delivered about 10 to 15kph FASTER. I repeat, I hold Waqar's skills in the highest regard, IMO there are 2 bowlers who happenned to bowl yorkers as well as Waqar, it's my OPINION!

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    I see A LOT of Indian fans wanting Wasim Akram as their bowling coach. Just think of the Indian fans reactions if just ONE Pak fan wants Sachin Tendulkar as Pak's batting coach. If India want Wasim Akram so badly, then gladly and willingly give us Sachin Tendulkar to coach our young Umar Akmal :D

  • POSTED BY tasliskr on | June 8, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    get an aussie coach knows the strength and weakness of our bowlers.helps to play free from injuries and with full fitness.....we got enough bowlers talented to perform in every situations....bird,cutting,coulter nile,copeland,mcdermott,hogan,hastings,haberfield,george,richardson etc,,,,,,,,try each one in a rotation policy...i am sure some of them will find regular place in our teams future tours.....it would be right mix up with our current attack and helps to confuse other teams tooooooo

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | June 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    what a joke Pakistan looks for coaches all over the place while their own legends are sought out by other countries that recognize their greatness

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    India SHOULD get The Great Wasim bhai as our bowling coach. He mixes so well into our people, players and country at large. We all love Wasim bhai and we want to see him in India's dressing room as our bowling coach. Jai Ho Wasim bhai.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @Meety,cöme on man!,malinga,thomson gd in their era bt waqar z one of greatest all times,so no comparisons,2ndly leave aside stats,overall impact z way more than d combind impact of these 2,

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 7, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @Meety: These are test stats for the three bowlers you mentioned. Waqar 373 wickets, bowled and LBW are 212, about 57% of the total wickets he got. Malinga 101 wickets, 46 bowled and LBW, about 45% of the total wickets. Jeff Thomson 169 wickets, 61 bowled and LBW, about 36% of his total wickets. The thing is everyone can bowl a perfect yorker on any given day what separate a GREAT from an ORDINARY is how frequently can they do it. I have never seen anyone do it better than WAQAR. The two bowlers you mentioned, they dont even come close.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 7, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    stuart clark is the best option.

  • POSTED BY loudmouth on | June 7, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Waqar could well be the right man for the job. But what a job! On the road with the Aussie team constantly for 2 years. That can't be good for your home life! I have to say I think CA could do with a better batting coach. Sure JL's career record was terrific and he clearly made the most of an 'adequate' rather than 'classical' batting technique but the Aussie batting line up seems to me to be on the downswing. Clarke & Hussey have looked good & Warner shows promise but Cowan doesn't look like a world class player to me - he almost admits as much in his wonderfully written articles. Thank god for Matt Wade.

  • POSTED BY mamboman on | June 7, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Yes Please!!!! I'd have Waqar any day :-)

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 7, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    {Posted by Barnesy4444 on (June 06 2012, 13:44 PM GMT) Waqar, Wasim and Warne are the best 3 bowlers I've seen in the last 25 years. To have Waqar as our bowling coach, wow. Yes please.} I've also been watching cricket for 25 years and could be the same generation as Barnesy4444, because I totally agree. I'm not just talking about Waqar's impossible swinging yorkers or swing at any length with furious pace, but also his aura he brought to the pitch. I've seen a documentary where they've asked Jacques Kallis who was the best bowlers that bowled to him and he answered that there are too many to name (considering he had to face Glen McGrath, Alan Donald, Ambrose and Walsh, ect.), but he admitted that he struggled the most against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Warne.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    WAQAR WAS SICK WHEN HE LEFT AS PAK COACH

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @gogoldengreens - I like Langar, & think he is a good communicator, (been to a couple of his speaking engagements), to me, he is a great 2-IC, as in Assistant Coach. As a batting coach, I agree, I don't think he is well suited for the role. I'd like to think the best method for the batsmen is to get used to the types of pitches they'll play on BEFORE their brief pre-test itinery. This would mean for a tour of England, trying to conjure up some pitches that have a bit of juice & grass cover, or for a tour of India - pitches shaved of grass & rack up the hours against net bowlers (not bowling machine). So maybe we don't need a coach for batting at all, what we MIGHT need is a structured programme well thought out in advanced? I note Phil Hughes has been pretty impressive away from the current Oz environment in England!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 6, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    @Desihungama - "...No one ever has or possibly in future will bowl a better yorker that Waqar..." - no disrespect to Waqar, although I would say Jeff Thomson & Malinga have/had better yorkers. Waqar was one of my favourite cricketers.

  • POSTED BY gogoldengreens on | June 6, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Great news other than don't waste too much time on interviews just get his commitment to the team on a contract before he changes his mind... Then go & get a decent batting coach... Justin is too much into mind games - may have worked for him because of his martial arts background - however He was very skilled as a batter & Haydos ideas of sitting on a pitch & imagining how the game will unfold would not work for a lesser batter either... These current batters need to learn how to leave the right balls & play with soft hands etc

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - They say some batsmen used to shiver with the thought of Waqar running at his full speed toward them expecting a toe crusher. No one ever has or possibly in future will bowl a better yorker that Waqar. You should You tube this guy.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    This would be a huge postive for the Aussies. He would also know lots of tricks about his Pakistan team's approach towards batting. Wow! What a catch by CA!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I think he is a good at what he is well known for as great bowling coach... So If he become a AUS bowling coach that will be great achievement on his cricket career.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | June 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    He was good, but he won't be able to gel up with Aussies. Ego problems you know!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Most of bowling coaches will be now having know-how about it. I don't think Waqar will fit in well in the aussies set up. Glenn Mcgrath seems to be totally out of cricket now.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | June 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Waqar, Wasim and Warne are the best 3 bowlers I've seen in the last 25 years. To have Waqar as our bowling coach, wow. Yes please.

  • POSTED BY Reverend-Cavalier on | June 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    While they're at it, CA should punt Justin Langer and get another batting coach. I think Langer is too much into mojo and "being in the zone" rather than technical stuff. Steve Waugh would be awesome.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Good thinking by CA.Waqar and Wasim are the rare gems in the world.Any team hiring them would benefit more than their expectation ....I still can remember the era they ruined the world's fast bowling.As far as I know cricket,no one came closer to them.It was always a treat treat to watch them bowl to Jayasuriya and Tendulkar.

    I can still remember their swing bowling,simply immaculate and unmatched.Bret Lett was expected to come closer to them,but he failed.He is just a fast bowler.He does not have the varieties both the pakistanis have ...I'm a Srilankan and great fan of Waqar and Wazim.

  • POSTED BY Nish8738 on | June 6, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    lets see how waqar adjusts to the australian culture of fast bowling. different pitches and conditions than he is used to. some players like ponting,Lee, have played against him in the wc 2003 perhaps before too. So wil be difficult for an asian player to coach an australian team. the aussie players will learn alot from this man though. he is calm and the real master of the reverse swing bowling!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    I think he is the perfect person for Aussie teams. of late Aussies have dissapointed me greatly by singing the mantra of "line and length" and "let the batsmen make the mistake". This sounds good for medium pacers of India, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. But for the real quicks of SA, Pakistan WI and Australia (and those from other countries to) this is grossly underselling their skills. Waqar and real quicks of that time used to force the batsmen make mistake not simply wait for them to fall over on their own. I hope that with the current pace in Aussie attack some of the punch that fast bowlers packed will return.

  • POSTED BY crick3tlov3r on | June 6, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Happy 2 see him in Ozee Camp........Not in the commentary box rather we r more Happy getting rid of him is more satisfaqtory :-)

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | June 6, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    As long as he is committed. We really need a guy who has played and been successful at the highest level. McDermott and Waqar both have this. It makes it alot easier for the boys to follow your lead if you have done it yourself.

  • POSTED BY rienzied on | June 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Good, I can see bowlers like Cummins , patterson and hillfy making full use of uk pitches with his help. the only thing is can he inspire the boys like Billy?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 6, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @_Australian_ - the only sub continental spinner that we had trouble with as far I can recall was Murali, fairly sure Qadir & Mushtaq have done some work in Oz.

  • POSTED BY JBerger on | June 6, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    WAQA was" The Men's Man", when it come to fast bowling. This could means a marriage made in Heaven. I could only imagine some fearsome fast young bowlers coming out of an assembly line at camp CA. Good luck WAQA go crush the Pom's toes with Oz young talents.

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | June 6, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I think the aspect of reverse swing is being amplified too much. Most of bowling coaches will be now having know-how about it. I don't think Waqar will fit in well in the aussies set up. Glenn Mcgrath seems to be totally out of cricket now. Rather than Waqar, i think Wasim Akram would be a better option.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    I can see the headlines already, Australia reverse swings to win the ashes!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    He is medically fit now? as far as i remember he resigned because he said he is not feeling well.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    nigel waqar is an australian citezen and calls it his home and he lives in sydney

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 6, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    @ all who are complaining that he left pak coach's job for this & lied about family & health. Guys this Aus thing came up now after almost 9-10 months. 2nd thing which is to be considered he is living in AUS. married there & living in Sydney. Coaching Pak means have to stay in pak most of time but being bowling coach of AUs means he will be in AUS most of time.

  • POSTED BY hamqad on | June 6, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    I think Waqar will be an excellent choice for Australia, with so many young up coming bowlers in the ranks. He did wonders with the young Pakistani pace attack in 2005, right after he himself and Wasim retired in 2003. I do not think there is a better bowling coach available and willing to take up the role. Bichel, Gillespie and the likes might be good, but they are no where near where Waqar was during his career. He can definitely contribute a lot more to this young pace attack. But its sad how Pakistan has not been able to hold on to its most talented players / coaches due to politics. Not a surprise then that Mushtaq Ahmed is the spin coach for England and Saqlain also looks for consultancy roles elsewhere.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | June 6, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    yeahhhhh this is great i hope he gets it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    one of the best for sure.bring him to SL as the head coach

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Looks like Australia is breaking the traditional of having local coaches in favour of foreign coaches whereas in the early 2000s, almost every team wanted an Aussie coach. Zim had Geoff Marsh, Ban had Jamie Siddons and Stuart Law, WI had Bennett King, PAK had Geoff Lawson, SL had Dav Whatmore, John Dyson and Tom Moody and IND had Greg Chappell. Now Australia is searching for foreign ideas to win.

  • POSTED BY Wefinishthis on | June 6, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Waqar was a brilliant bowler (in my opinion he shares similarities to Steyn), but if McGrath won't coach, what about Asif now that he's been released from gaol? He understands the disciplined accuracy, bounce/seam movement and consistent pressure required in bowling teams out consistently for under 200, that same discipline that was lacking from Siddle and Hilfenhaus that cost us the ashes. Whilst Siddle and Hilfenhaus have improved since then and with Lyon, Pattinson and Cummins all demonstrating some class, our biggest problem in England will be our top order surviving the new ball. I just can't see how our top 3 who average 29, 42 and 37 are going to survive against the accurate swing of Anderson and the line/length discipline of the rest of their attack on home turf. I'd open with Warner and Pattinson (who has a better record than Cowan after roughly the same amount of matches) with Siddle first drop. At least then when we're 4 for 50, the poms won't have the psychological edge.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | June 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    So this was his health and family issues for which he vacated the post of bowling coach of Pakistan. Anyway good luck to him. He was a master class.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | June 6, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Waqar would be an inspired choice. Perfect mentor for young bowlers like Cummins and Pattinson et al.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Let see, what Australian will learn from Waqar.

  • POSTED BY _nigel_ on | June 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Get simon doull he will really improve the bowling. Get all their bowling averages up to 40 in odis. Waqar please do not go to australia, as you will teach them too much and they will again be a dominate side. Help out the windies instead. The likes of roach, rampaul, edwards, taylor etc, or the black caps.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 6, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @Meety. If Waqar was to get the job I think he would be able to convince sub-continent spinners to assist Beer and Lyon with advice when on tour. Something CA has had difficulty with in the past.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 6, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @Meety - Beer is beyond help! @VillageBlacksmith - couldnt agree more with your comments. Fleming would be a great choice but I don't blame him for not wanting to work with Arthur (and the Hack Langer for that matter).

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 6, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    A seemingly good replacement for McDermott. Although we would've loved Craig to stay until the Ashes Waqar is a good replacement. Unlike the Hack Arthur he will not introduce a choking culture in the team and as he is not the head coach so doesnt have the responsibility of rallying the troops together and creating a winning culture (something which Arthur has no idea about). A foreign head coach is always a terrible idea in well established nation as they have no idea about the team culture and are viewed as an outsider. Waqar is just there for his skills, not to lead the squad.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 6, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - I think Bichel would be in a conflict of interest, being a selector & bowling coach (although that could be argued the same for Arthurs). As for Fleming, he has a fairly good media career, although am unsure how much time that takes up thru out the year.

  • POSTED BY Reverend-Cavalier on | June 6, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This guy would be good...a top notch bowler when he played who could cut and swing the ball both ways, certainly reversed it and could bowl a serious bouncer. i think he'd be respected by the Australian players and Mickey Arthur has a high opinion of him.

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | June 6, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    odd that bichel and fleming do not wish to put anything back in to the game that made them or for their country... Or perhaps like mcdermott they do not wish to work with Mickey 'Mouse' Arthur

  • POSTED BY Stymie on | June 6, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    There may be questions about Waqar's temperament, but 1000+ first class wickets and a look at Pakistan's bowling pedigree..... yes please!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 6, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @vattettan on (June 05 2012, 21:43 PM GMT), I'm not really sure what you're trying to say. I didn't say that he wasn't a good bowler, only that I wasn't aware of his ability as a coach. If you are referring to my use of the term "handy" then you might do some research yourself and look up the phrase "tongue in cheek".

  • POSTED BY torsha on | June 5, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Not a good idea as his temperament is not upto the mark. Stick with Australian coaches only.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    First let me be clear that I hate Waqar for what he did to Afridi. Having said that, please do not compare Waqar with any other fast bowler including Wasim Akram. Wasim's strike rate in test was 54 whereas Waqar's was 43. Wasim's strike rate in ODI was 36 whereas Waqar's was 30. Big big difference. Sarfaraz trained Imran to be a better bowler than him. Imran trained Wasim to be a better bowler than him. Waseem rightly took Waqar as a threat and did not teach him anything, Waqar learned by observation and became better than Wasim. Then Waqar coached a whole line of pace batteries for Pakistan. No doubt he was the best Pakistani bowler, and the best bowling coach of the world.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 5, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    No problems with Waqar being the bowling coach, I didn't actually think he was available, so it is a pleasant surprise! I think Waqar will do a very good job. I would only want his contract to be relatively short term - no more than 12mths, with renewable options. I just have a feeling that maybe the Bowling coaches shouldn't be long term fixtures in any set up. The appointment of Waqar, whiach I again I fully support, does not directly benefit Lyon or Beer though. So I don't whether the Bowling coach's position needs to be split up to incorporate both disciplines of bowling (assuming you can categorise bowling into fast & spin).

  • POSTED BY doctornikki on | June 5, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    another pakistani legend fast bowler in high rank bowling coaches..way to go...keep the green flag high guys...pakistan zindabad

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | June 5, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    @CaptainKool. Waqar stated family issues being the problem why he retired as Pakistan coach. You want to know the logic of this? For starters, he lives in Sydney, Australia!,so I would imagine he would be close to his family & the absence wouldn't be as keenly felt. Whether he is from the subcontinent, Netherlands, France or Chile is irrelevant. The fact he is he is a coach of the highest calibre of particular type of bowling is the main objective. You should never blinker choices based on nationality. I would suggest if Pakistan want their young bowlers coached by Waqar, then they should send them to Australia for his services as he now lives here. The work he has done with the bowlers is already on show with Pakistan quicks amongst the best performers in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY waughjunior on | June 5, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Don't muck around this time.Just sign him up immediately!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Waqar's graduation from a young tear away fast bowler in Sharjah UAE to one of the best fast bowlers in the world definitely speaks volumes for the immense talent and knowledge he surely has. He will surely be a good fast bowling coach for any team. I wish him good luck.

  • POSTED BY vattettan on | June 5, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: Would have been better if you clicked on the player link for Waqar before commenting and checking his stats. To make it simple for you to understand, among current fast bowlers, only Dale Steyn comes anywhere close to Waqar. But even for Steyn, to compare with Waqar, it will take few more years without any drop in his current form. And a disclaimer, I am not from Pakistan and used to like it when Waqar is not getting any wicket and hit for boundaries! But that was not happening very regularly!

  • POSTED BY JosRoberts on | June 5, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    "Waqar would bring valuable knowledge to the Australian dressing room, particularly pertaining to reverse swing". I seem to remember very similar things being said about Troy Cooley a few years ago. Look how that worked out...

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | June 5, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Waqar definitely has the international experience and quality Australia require. Be nice to see Wasim Akram brought in from time to time to work with Starc and the other left armers.

  • POSTED BY guneghar on | June 5, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Waqar is amazing player of all time cricket, he makes many inventions in cricket like swing with new and old ball, reverse swing and many more varities. I think CA will be very happy, if they choose him.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 5, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    A sincere, hard working and LETHAL bowler. Australia will only get better if they hire this man's services. I don't care about their test cricket. But in T20 and ODIs, there would be no one better than Waqar to teach the Aussies how to bowl toe crushing in swinging yorkers. Gosh I already see a lot of blood !!! :D

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | June 5, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    I don't think Waqar can have good impact on new and up coming talented fast bowlers in australia or in any other country in the world because he is mean and bitter person. His career revolved around jealousy with Akram and he is still bitter about Akram being consider as better bowler. I don't think this guy will be good influence on young talent at all.

    Australia don't accept his services at all.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    He has temperamental problems all right, and most great players don't make good coaches, but I think he did very well with the Pakistani bowlers. He made them the excellent unit they still are. If he works for Australia there will be none of the issues there were when he was with us. He is a Pakistani and traditionally a fierce rival, things that won't matter at Australia, especially as he would only be bowling coach. In fact, his dogged temperament and his degree of involvement made him the great bowler he was and a good coach too. As Imran Khan said, Wasim was extremely talented, but Waqar never gave up. Despite everything, he was one of our best coaches in recent times.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | June 5, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Some people misunderstand the strain Waqar was under with Pakistan. Most of his family is based in Australia and has been for over a decade. When he was Pakistans coach he was away from his family for most of the year. There were no "home" series for him to be with his family. That coupled with the immense pressure he was under with all that had happened made him amicably step down, after taking Pakistani cricket to a healthy state. He had no relationship problems with the PCB. He's now rested and feels he can continue being a part of cricket. Also I'd like to point out the reason the PCB don't pick him as bowling coach is because clearly being an ex head coach it would undermine the new coach Dav Whatmore. Conflict of interests to a degree.

  • POSTED BY CaptainKool on | June 5, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    He himself retired as Pak coach stating family issues and now if he accepts this job, I wonder what's the logic behind it. More money? Strange that Australia is going for sub-continent coaches. He should rather stick with young pak bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Pat Howard should need only ask one question. When can you start? Seriously, Pakistan as a whole team improved and came together very well under Waqar and I thought it quite dissappointing that he left that role. This could make for the perfect storm with the amount of young bowling talent coming through as I don't think Waqar would go easy on them. Hope he gets the job.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    lol if waqar was a handy bowler then McGrath was a ball boy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    His record as a bowler has been but i am not sure how much good he's in coaching since he also been a former Pakistani Coach but Pakistan team didn't get good results under his belt.

  • POSTED BY Maui3 on | June 5, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Waqar will certainly bring a lot of technical experience for young, promising Aussie bowlers. Question is, does an Asian coach understand the Psychology of Australians to be effective.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    he is the man....

    great hardworker and very dedicated coach , good luck with your new assignment "burawalla express".........

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 5, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Feel sory for young pakistani bowling talent to be deprived of such a genius ,s services and guidence. But all blame goes to chairman PCB like ejaz butt and guys like shahid afridi but to some extant waqar as well.. it will be a great oppertunity for some of aussies young talent like Cummins to learn alot from Pace bowling legend. Gud luck waqar.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 5, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    great bowler ..

    not sure about his ability as a coach...

    he seems to involved in team selection and favours people he likes...

    he seems to be just like Gibson, picking people based on personality instead of cricket...

    and he is unable to deal with personality issues so if you clash with him, you are gone...

    I am sure that Afridi's return to the Pakistani team has something to do with Waqar's decision to leave Pakistan ...

    Waqar is supposed to be 90% of the reason Afridi was dropped in the 1st place.

    I can only hope a similar situation plays of in WI cricket and we see the back of Gibson ...

    he is by far the worst coach the WI have ever had....

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Pakistan' envy... Australia' pride.... if Australia' pace battery flurishes under Waqar. Subcontinent boards dont know how to treat gems like Wasim, waqar, kapil. Shame...

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | June 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    India should reinstate their cricketing ties with Pakistan just so they can get Wasim bhai to be the bowling coach. It would be the most remarkable thing for the Indian fast bowlers, for the likes of Yadav, Aaron, Awana, et al, the players who want to bowl fast - not just bowl, but ball fast. C'mon BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 5, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Australia should encourage more foreign coaches. But not sure if Waqar should takeover this job considering the fact that he had to quit as Pakistan's coach due to health reasons.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 5, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: Its possible you dont know much about his coaching but you certainly haven't seen much of his bowling either when you describe him as 'handy' bowler. I would be ok if you had described Mushi as a handy leg spinner but Waqar as a handy fast bowler is just hallow statement.

  • POSTED BY Peterincanada on | June 5, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I agree with everyone that the hiring of Waqar will be of great benefit to the bowlers. However, the major problem is the batting. I feel the top six as presently constituted will be easy meat for the England bowlers, especially in England. Ponting is well past his sell by date and Warner and Cowan will be exposed. I see us having the same problem as WI, losing early wickets and placing too much pressure on the middle order.

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | June 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    My observation of Waqar. Best bowling coach ever. One of the best bowlers ever (did not perform fully due to politics). Not so good fielder. Bad batsman. Very bad captain. One of the worst PCB official. Bottom line is, hire him for his techniques, keep him away from politics.

  • POSTED BY asimmuz on | June 5, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    The new talent of Australia should be polished by Waqar younis . Master of reverse and depth bowling . Love to see his wickets on Youtubes .Love u Waqar !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    a new threat 2 international cricket community n for comin' world cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Aus Team defnitely needs waqar to develop their team.........

  • POSTED BY bddhika_harindat on | June 5, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    This shows why Waqar didn't want to carry his role as the coach of Pak due to the political battle going behind the cricket administration and will be good for Aussies.l

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    dennis lillee dis the aussies forgot him ?? its like having an ice cream in hand and getting a milkshake .

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi Cricket fan, I would say that it will be great for Australia if they get Waqar. Waqar is considered one of the "Furious Pacers" in modern cricket history. Good Luck Waqar Yunus.

  • POSTED BY doesitmatter on | June 5, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    But the question is will the aussies understand what Waqar says? Imagine he teaches outswing and aussies bowl the inswing oops is that is what is REVERSE swing? :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Wow. That's brilliant news.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | June 5, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    They seem very keen to work with the Australian bowlers rather than the Pakistani ones. Doesn't look good for the PCB.

  • POSTED BY Pak121 on | June 5, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @jmcilhinney looooool waqar a 'handy blower' you do make me laugh, average 23 both test and odi, fastest to 100, 150, 200, 250 wickets, pioneer of reverse swing, waqar is a legend, james anderson is a 'handy bowler'

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Article does injustice to Waqar by just pointing his mastery of the art of reverse swing. In addition he was prolific in late swing specially in England and the reverse swinging Yorker. What a treat to watch. When W&W mastered the art of reverse swing, most so called experts accused them of cheating. Then nobody apologized when they found out how skilled were these bowlers. Australia need Waqar as their Coach and not only as a Bowling Coach.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Yeah!When PCB is looking for a bowling coach Waqar Yunus is giving a interview for Australian bowling coach!!!!! how ironic!!! PCB is simply rejecting him.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Who would blame Waqar...dealing with Pakistani cricket board and ever changing chiefs ...who has their strings pulled by the president...really...Waqar should coach Australia and Wasim the Indians

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | June 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Great news! Good for Austrailian bowlers to be coached by Waqar. England, watch out..

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | June 5, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @Shahzadhussan: Wasim has never been a great coach. Even his imparting of knowledge to youngsters is not as great as it's made out to be. Seriously ask yourselves how many fast bowlers have flourished under him this past decade? He is though excellent as a talent finder and giving good tips.

  • POSTED BY drsaadxb on | June 5, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Only the Pakis don't know how to make use of there Gems = Waqar / Wasim / Aaqib / Javed / Imran / Sarfraz....

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | June 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    So inavailability of others gave a chance to "WaQaR a great bowler". Worried as already WC2015 will be in Aus and now they will learn the best from Waqar like...and nice someone from asia representing in CA. all the best to asia for the WC

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    The two living beings on earth that know more about reverse swing are Wasim and Waqar, for reverse swing especially I would pick Waqar though Wasim's skill set was probably larger than waqar's. Personally I think waqar is a more hard worker and a more passionate about coaching than wasim.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    all time hero no comitte will reject him

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    And What if English hire Wasim as bowling Coach, the Ashes thing I'm talking about!

  • POSTED BY MrPontingToYou on | June 5, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    perfect man to work with the talent that is emerging.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | June 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    How ironic the time the PCB and Intikhab are looking for a bowling coach for Pakistan, Waqar Yunus a great coach by any stretch of imagination might be joining Australia. Wasim Akram has shown interest in Pakistan job but PCB are cool towards him, may be Intikhab finds it threatening to his own position to bring in good coaches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Akram, Waqar! The destroyers! Probably the best bowling pair.

  • POSTED BY c3vzn on | June 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    YES! This would be amazing. With Waqar's help the Aussie bowlers will finally learn how to reverse swing the ball and be a genuine threat in England.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    WHY IS HE BEING INTERVIEWED ? HE IS A GREAT BOWLER , WITH AN AVERAGE OF 23 ( NOT TO FORGET HE PLAYS MOST MATCHES IN ASIAN SOIL) . THE FATHER OF REVERSE SWING . STILL CAN'T FORGET HIS DEADLY INSWINGING YORKERS .

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    That will be awesome! Aussies will finally learn the art of reverse swing.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Oh dear. RandyOZ will not be happy if Australia end up with a foreign head coach and bowling coach. Maybe he'll want to retain Justin Langer just to make sure another foreigner doesn't take the batting coach role. Seriously though, I don;t really know that much about Waqar Younis as a coach but he was a rather handy bowler so he'd certainly have some worthwhile information to impart.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Damn, does that mean we won't get to hear #WaqarGems from the commentary box?? :P

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I will be proud to see Waqar to be a bowling coach of Australian Team. However as Pakistani I am a bit ashamed as well as we don't recongnize and respect the talent and retained them for our own team. If Pakistan is thinking that by hiring a forgeign coach we can bring back international cricket back to our country then I think they are making a blunder by doing so.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Waqar would be an inspired choice. The man is a legend and one only needs to watch highlights of his destruction of the English in 1993 to gain an insight into what he brings to the table.

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | June 5, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    This is really unfortunate for Pakistan that two diamonds in the form of Wasim and Waqar are seeking career in other countries. Just because of politics, nepotism and in-capabilities of high PCB officials they never gave due respect to Heroes nor utilize their abilities for the training of youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Waqar awesome choice mate.... it would be proud moment for us (Pakistanis) if he is appointed as Australia's bowling coach, as Pakistan is paradise of bowlers , so many great legends produced by Pakistan and Waqar is one of them.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    ooh!! this would be interesting.. with the desperation to win the Ashes back in England.. who better than Waqar to guide the Aussie bowlers in conditions where he thrived as a bowler.. could be a good move (potentially).. not sure how his work ethic will gel with the Aussies.. could be interesting..

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  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    ooh!! this would be interesting.. with the desperation to win the Ashes back in England.. who better than Waqar to guide the Aussie bowlers in conditions where he thrived as a bowler.. could be a good move (potentially).. not sure how his work ethic will gel with the Aussies.. could be interesting..

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Waqar awesome choice mate.... it would be proud moment for us (Pakistanis) if he is appointed as Australia's bowling coach, as Pakistan is paradise of bowlers , so many great legends produced by Pakistan and Waqar is one of them.

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | June 5, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    This is really unfortunate for Pakistan that two diamonds in the form of Wasim and Waqar are seeking career in other countries. Just because of politics, nepotism and in-capabilities of high PCB officials they never gave due respect to Heroes nor utilize their abilities for the training of youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Waqar would be an inspired choice. The man is a legend and one only needs to watch highlights of his destruction of the English in 1993 to gain an insight into what he brings to the table.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I will be proud to see Waqar to be a bowling coach of Australian Team. However as Pakistani I am a bit ashamed as well as we don't recongnize and respect the talent and retained them for our own team. If Pakistan is thinking that by hiring a forgeign coach we can bring back international cricket back to our country then I think they are making a blunder by doing so.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Damn, does that mean we won't get to hear #WaqarGems from the commentary box?? :P

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Oh dear. RandyOZ will not be happy if Australia end up with a foreign head coach and bowling coach. Maybe he'll want to retain Justin Langer just to make sure another foreigner doesn't take the batting coach role. Seriously though, I don;t really know that much about Waqar Younis as a coach but he was a rather handy bowler so he'd certainly have some worthwhile information to impart.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    That will be awesome! Aussies will finally learn the art of reverse swing.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    WHY IS HE BEING INTERVIEWED ? HE IS A GREAT BOWLER , WITH AN AVERAGE OF 23 ( NOT TO FORGET HE PLAYS MOST MATCHES IN ASIAN SOIL) . THE FATHER OF REVERSE SWING . STILL CAN'T FORGET HIS DEADLY INSWINGING YORKERS .

  • POSTED BY c3vzn on | June 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    YES! This would be amazing. With Waqar's help the Aussie bowlers will finally learn how to reverse swing the ball and be a genuine threat in England.