Australia news March 1, 2016

McDermott to quit Australia role after WT20

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Australia's assistant coach Craig McDermott has opted not to renew his contract, which expires in May 2016. Instead, he will focus on his cricket academy, which has centres throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This means that the World T20 in India, starting on March 8, will be McDermott's last assignment with Australia.

"Looking ahead I've decided that the time is right to really focus on my academy business which is continuing to grow, as well as pursuing some other business opportunities I have away from the game," McDermott explained. "And if time permits, I'll also look at some coaching consultancy work in various competitions around the world.

"I will certainly miss the Australian team, and wish the players and coaches every success in the future."

McDermott's exit follows that of batting coach Michael Di Venuto, who recently joined Surrey as their new head coach. McDermott's first stint with Australia began in May 2011, when he replaced Troy Cooley as Australia's bowling coach, following their 3-1 Ashes defeat at home. Citing heavy workload and packed schedules, however, McDermott stepped down from the post after 12 months. He was later roped in for the same role on the eve of the home Ashes in 2013-14, which Australia swept 5-0.

Later, in May 2014, he signed a two-year deal as the assistant coach in a role that increased his remit to cover major tours across formats. McDermott was instrumental in the ascent of Australia's pace battery, including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson.

McDermott, who guided the bowling attack to Ashes glory, a Test series win in South Africa and a World Cup title, hoped that he would sign off by helping Australia clinch their maiden World T20 title.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time working for Cricket Australia, starting at what was then the Centre of Excellence many years ago, then working with the Australian men's team," McDermott said.

"It's been a thrill to have been able to help the players reach their potential, and to see them achieve such feats as the 5-0 Ashes win at home, defeating South Africa in South Africa and winning last year's World Cup. I'd love nothing more than to finish this stint with victory in the World T20 in India."

Australia coach Darren Lehmann paid tribute to his right-hand man McDermott. "Craig has made a fantastic contribution to the success of the Australian team," Lehmann said.

"Our bowlers have benefited enormously from his experience and insight and they are all better cricketers thanks to his coaching and hard work. In particular he has played a key role in developing our young group of fast bowlers including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile. While he leaves big shoes to fill, we respect his decision to spend more time working with his academy which he has a great passion for. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his contribution to the Australian team."

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  • HatsforBats on March 3, 2016, 4:03 GMT

    Ryan Harris is the man to fill the vacancy; he's keen to move into coaching roles, and he's one of the finest and most skillful bowlers we've ever produced. Add to that his recent tutelage under McDermott and its hard to see a better candidate coming along.

  • TestCricketSupreme on March 2, 2016, 7:37 GMT

    They should pay him whatever he asks plus 20% to keep him in the setup. Di Venuto, too

  • Downtheorder on March 2, 2016, 6:12 GMT

    ......now, if only Rod Marsh could find something else to do, we'd be right!

  • Bengal-Tigers-Roar on March 2, 2016, 5:25 GMT

    @INDIANINNEREDGE: Yes that should be the keyword, which should trickle down to the grassroots level asap, "Bowl at 140+ else don't bother to turn up" . I would like to add one more rider, "unless u can produce banana swing, which u wont be able to do on flat pitches neway, but if u can do that on helpful surfaces u will still be in the side as long as u can swing it" eg: Bhuvi lost his swing juts send him back to domestic ckt and ask him to work on it again. But look at our media,fans,ex ckters: Even after spending 11 yrs in intl ckt , Raina still cant play the short ball, yet we dont criticize him as much as we do a Yadav/Aaron when they have a bad day. This attitude must change,need to back 140+ quicks like Kohli does. If we can live with Raina,Dhawan we surely can live with Yadav and Aaron

  • izzidole on March 2, 2016, 4:45 GMT

    Jason Gillespie the former Australian fast bowler and current bowling coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club is another potential candidate for the job of Australian bowling coach. He has done a tremendous job with improving England's fast bowling stocks during his tenure in English county cricket and should be weaned back to help his countrymen with his knowledge and experience as Australia's bowling coach. The imminent departure of batting coach Michael Di Venuto to Yorkshire County Cricket Club and McDermott's exit as bowling coach after the T20 cricket world cup has come as a severe shock. During the last six months Australia has not only lost all their top fast bowlers due to injury and forced retirement but also their bowling coach which is a double blow.

  • izzidole on March 2, 2016, 0:52 GMT

    After much thought I reckon Ryan Harris should be appointed as the replacement for bowling coach Craig McDermott. He was a fine, tough and intelligent fast bowler who knew how to snare a batsman with his many variations and repertoire. Despite suffering from so many injuries he continued playing for Australia virtually on one leg until he was forced to retire suddenly on the eve of the last ashes in England. He could even teach our injury prone current fast bowlers how to endure pain and bowl standing on one leg. I thought since his retirement he was already involved in coaching our fast bowlers at the Cricket Academy in Brisbane. I reckon he would be the ideal candidate for the long term position of Australian bowling coach

  • izzidole on March 1, 2016, 21:08 GMT

    Craig McDermott's decision to end his coaching career with the Australian cricket team is a big blow but is still encouraging to note that his cricket academy business will help produce young aussie fast bowlers of the future. Considering the spate of injuries suffered by our fast bowlers we urgently need to set up fast bowling academies all over the country to make up for our dwindling stocks. I reckon Glen McGrath, Brett Lee, David Saker, Terry Alderman, Bruce Reid and Damien Fleming might be suitable candidates for the job.

  • IndianInnerEdge on March 1, 2016, 11:31 GMT

    Agree 100% with Bengal-tigers below..hope @ BCCI are watching and hire him straight away, but giving them credit for such fore-sightness& proactiveness is like wishing for a world in which no child sleeps hungry.....Craig MCd's main legacy is he has instilled in the Aus pacemen the virtues of pitching it up &accuracy.....his bowling drills are terrific&look at the success of the aus pacemen...I am so traumatised by the sheer waste of talents that is umesh yadav, varun aaron etc ...finally we have someone with sheer pace but no coaching, cannot understand our batting stats obsessed nation&useless spin nuances, we still have batsmen as our coach our media is obsessed with batting...look @ pak, have fab pacemen still have Waqar as coach...unless our media&collective mindset becomes pace oriented, read - bowling at 140kmp + else donot bother turning up, we shall continue to churn out 125kmph trundlers-cannon fodder for all...BCCI please hire Craig MC

  • Bengal-Tigers-Roar on March 1, 2016, 10:11 GMT

    India should rope him asap. We have the money that can change anyone's mind. Even after the advent of foreign coaches we have selected bowling coaches who were never express in their careers and the only Australian we had since John Wright became the head coach was Joe Dawes who wasnt an intl. I think for a country like where there is a serious lack of fast bowling culture, so much so that of all d countries in the world, only Indian fans ask for medium pace accurate bowlers and vehemently criticize whenever one of our few 140+ bowlers have bad day. We need some1 who understands the importance of pace. Dont know why BCCI doesnt even consider ex Aussie/ex Pakistanis like Akram who is avbl in India for a long time and can speak the local language for the fast bowling role. Dream recruitment would be Mcdermott as the bowling coach with Akram to assist him. He can convey the 'teachings' much better in Hindi and also add many of his own.

  • evda_cheta on March 1, 2016, 9:25 GMT

    oh that will be a big blow for australia. they can take services of glenn mcgrath or bruce reid for bowling coach.

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