January 12, 2007

Australian cricket

Moody emerges as coaching favourite

Brydon Coverdale

Tom Moody is the favourite to take over from John Buchanan as Australia’s coach, according to press reports in Australia. Trevor Marshallsea writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that the Sri Lanka coach is the leader in a two-horse race with Tim Nielsen, the former South Australia wicketkeeper.

Nielsen, now head coach at CA's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, is popular with most Australian players after serving under Buchanan. But after preliminary interviews, it is believed Moody has become the leading candidate owing to the fact he has greater top-level coaching experience.

Jon Pierik and Robert Craddock suggest in the Herald Sun that Moody might be able to have his pick of coaching jobs.

It is believed the former Australia allrounder wants to return home when his contract expires after the World Cup. But England could also seek his services if it decides to replace current coach Duncan Fletcher. CA is keen to secure its new man before the team leaves for the World Cup on February 27, ensuring a smooth transition once the tournament is over.

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