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."

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  • Randolph on September 5, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Meety - the fact is though they aren't working. You want strength, you use the muscles you use while playing cricket. How do you strengthen those muscles - actually play cricket! Get in the nets! It isn't rocket science we are talking about here.

  • Geoff on September 5, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @RandyOZ Couldn't agree more. It seems that the injury rate is directly proportional to the number of strength and conditioning personnel available to deal with it.

  • Andrew on September 5, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @RandyOZ - he's basically replacing an already existing role. I don't care how many they appoint - just as long as the results are that there is less injuries!

  • Randolph on September 4, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Why is this role even needed. What we need is players spending less time in the gym and a hell of a lot more time in the nets.

  • Andrew on September 4, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    It's almost getting too hard to keep up with all the appointments! This position is not really new, just has a new name. All sounds good in theory, & hopefully the length of the injury list is reduced as a result.

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