Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris and batsman Matthew Elliott have been appointed to coaching roles at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Both men will work with the National Performance Squad and Cricket Australia XI youth squads, and their first task will be coaching Australia's Under-19s in a home series against Sri Lanka in April.
Harris has worked in coaching roles with Australia, Queensland and the Brisbane Heat since retiring as a player in 2015, following a career that brought 113 Test wickets at an average of 23.52. Elliott played 21 Tests from 1996 to 2004 and retired from all cricket in 2008, after which he has worked as a batting consultant and yout coach for Victoria.
"We have undertaken a thorough process to find the best coaches to mentor Australia's emerging talent, and we are extremely excited to have both Matthew and Ryan joining team performance," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's executive general manager of team performance, said.
"Both have come through the Cricket Australia coaching pathway, being involved in underage national championships, and have a strong understanding of the challenges that lie ahead in developing Australian cricketers to be ready for first-class and international cricket.
"Ryan and Matthew join what is already an experienced and highly credentialed coaching team at the National Cricket Centre, led by Troy Cooley, and both will be instrumental in guiding the young talent within our ranks."
Graeme Hick, who had worked in a similar role at the National Cricket Centre, now serves as Australia's batting coach, while the second coaching role has been newly created.