Australia news August 9, 2013

Law named Queensland and Brisbane Heat coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law has been appointed coach of both Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat for the next three seasons, roles which had fallen vacant when Darren Lehmann was named Australia coach before the Ashes. Law, one of Queensland's most prolific batsmen in a decorated career that ended in 2004, will take over on August 27, once he completes his stint as High Performance coach at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence.

Law, 44, has built up plenty of coaching experience since his retirement in 2009, having been in charge of the Bangladesh national team and, briefly, Sri Lanka after the 2011 World Cup. He was also coach of the Australia Under-19 side that reached the finals of the World Cup and batting coach of the senior team last year, and was assistant coach of the women's team that won the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

He will oversee a Bulls outfit that had plenty of success last season, winning the Ryobi Cup and finishing runners-up in the Sheffield Shield. His other team, the Heat, also had a great year, taking the Big Bash League title.

"I've very excited to again be involved with cricket in Queensland, which is where I got my start,'' Law said. "Hopefully I can help the next generation to achieve all they can in the game and play it at the highest level possible."

The Champions League starting next month in India will be Law's first assignment and he is confident he has enough time to prepare the Heat for the tournament. "We'll pull things together pretty quickly. Darren had plans in place already for the season and the coaches and players have been working very well in that framework during the off-season. I'll be looking to slot in with minimal disruption and get on with things."

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