Brad Haddin, David Hussey and Michael Hussey will have a chance to demonstrate their coaching skills during Australia A's forthcoming winter fixtures against South Africa A, India A and the National Performance Squad (NPS). Their performances in a coaching capacity are likely to be followed closely as Cricket Australia mulls various options for the eventual successor to Darren Lehmann as head coach of the senior team.
Haddin will serve as assistant coach to Troy Cooley for Australia A's two four-day matches against South Africa A in Brisbane and Townsville, in July-August. He will then hand over the role to David Hussey for the side's one-day quadrangular series with South Africa A, India A and the NPS in Townsville and Mackay, in August-September. Finally, Michael Hussey will take over as assistant coach when Australia A return to Brisbane for two four-day matches against India A in September.
Haddin, who retired from international cricket last year, is currently completing his High Performance (Level III) Coaching Programme at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. He recently led a week-long wicketkeeping camp - alongside Ian Healy and Peter Nevill - for eight promising young Australian wicketkeepers.
Haddin agreed the appointment will provide him with a chance to learn more about coaching. "I've played with some great players and had some great coaches and mentors along the way, so if I can pass on some of my experience to the younger generation and help them get better, it will be great," he said. "But it will also be a great learning tool for me, to be involved on the other side of the fence with Troy and his staff."
David Hussey, who was a limited-overs specialist for Australia between 2008 and 2013, completed his Level III coaching qualification last year. He has been a batting coach with Cricket Victoria in recent seasons, while continuing to play domestic cricket, including captaining Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Michael Hussey retired from international cricket in 2013 and from all professional cricket after leading Sydney Thunder to their maiden BBL triumph earlier this year. Since his international retirement, Michael Hussey has been involved in various consultant coaching roles, including for South Africa at the 2015 World Cup and for Australia at the World T20 in March-April this year.