Australia news September 4, 2012

Cricket Australia appoints physical performance coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket Australia has completed the revamp of its strength and conditioning structure with the appointment of David Bailey as the team's physical performance coach, effectively replacing the existing strength and conditioning coach Stuart Karppinen. Bailey will travel with the squad full-time and will join them ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this month, and he will report to the new physical performance manager Andrew Weller.

Bailey has worked as Cricket Victoria's strength and conditioning coordinator for the past six seasons and he has also worked with the Melbourne Renegades and the Deccan Chargers. Pat Howard, the executive general manager of team performance with Cricket Australia, said Bailey would be a valuable addition to the team management.

"We're delighted to welcome David to the position of physical performance coach with the Australian men's team," Howard said. "He'll carry on the good work of Stuart Karppinen and will report to Andrew Weller, our new physical performance manager.

"David will join the men's squad in Sri Lanka as we start our ICC World Twenty20 campaign and will be permanently with the team, preparing them for international cricket ahead of the Vodafone Test series against South Africa, which begins in Brisbane on 9 November."

Bailey said: "I'm honoured to take on this role with the Australian cricket team. I think the experience I've gained with the Victorian Bushrangers, Melbourne Renegades and Deccan Chargers leaves me well qualified and excited for this new challenge."