Australia news August 28, 2012

Cricket Australia hires physical performance manager

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket Australia has moved to revamp its strength and conditioning structure by appointing Andrew Weller to the newly created position of physical performance manager. Weller, 48, has spent the past decade working with AFL clubs and has been the high performance manager at the Gold Coast Suns for the past four years.

In his new role he will oversee the strength and conditioning programmes across all Australian teams, which will mean working closely with the state associations as well as the national squads. A physical performance coach, who will be responsible for the Australia team when on tour and during their home summer, will be appointed in the coming weeks and will report to Weller.

"Andrew has been at the Gold Coast Suns from the beginning and was instrumental in creating their strength and conditioning programme," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's general manager, team performance, said. "Previous to this he was the rehabilitation manager at the St Kilda Football Club.

"Andrew will be responsible for all strength and conditioning programs across all of the Australian teams, both male and female. He will be a key liaison person between these national programs and their home state programs. Andrew will implement a consistent long term delivery across all of Australian cricket working with the states, the youngest elite players all the way to the national teams."

Weller said: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of working with Cricket Australia, its high performance squads and the sports science teams within the states. Over the last decade I've worked in AFL and I'm sure I can bring innovations from that sport to cricket as we continue to develop the high performance culture around the Australian cricket teams."

Keeping Australia's young players - especially the fast bowlers - fit and firing will be one of the key challenges of the new physical performance manager and coach.

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  • Paul on August 29, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Good idea. AFL clubs are at the leading edge of injury management and conditioning techniques and well ahead of other codes in Australia. Shane Watson credits an AFL trainer for getting his career back on track a few years ago when it looked doomed.

  • Roo on August 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    This is good news, Weller has done an excellent job conditioning the young Suns squad for a number of years now & I have enjoyed watching the improvement... AFL is without doubt the most physically demanding team sport played, with huge workloads both in game & in training... Siddle has greatly improved his core strength & stamina since crossing training with CFC - hopefully this is good news for the younger brigade - though this will take a few years to filter through...

  • Luke on August 28, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Great appointment! I like the fact that he has come from the Suns as he would have mostly been physically preparing previously unprepared 18-20 year olds for the top level which is not dissimilar to the stage of physical development that the many young bowlers are in around the country.

  • Kenso on August 28, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Australia continue to build to the next dynasty. Its simply not enough to be good these reviews, appointments of new coaches and the whole restructure is designed to see another dominant australian era where the rest of the world then wonders how it happened. It happens because when an Australian team starts losing tough questions and tough decisions are made to ensure the situation is rectified. So England and South Africa have your short days in the side cause we are coming and when we do the only question left to ask will be which era of australian cricket was the most dominant!

  • Andrew on August 28, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Good move. That said, not completely sure about the skills sets to address the current problem. I wonder how much attention will be aimed at preparing the pacers (generally tall men like in Ozzy rules), from the effects of plane travel. Would hope he has access to former bowlers who would have a good idea on training workloads.

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