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Andrew McDonald yet to look beyond interim role in Australia's future

While one of the favourites to replace Justin Langer long term, he believes international coaching could be heading into a new era

Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McDonald works with his team  •  Getty Images and Cricket Australia

Andrew McDonald works with his team  •  Getty Images and Cricket Australia

Andrew McDonald insists he has yet to consider the prospect of becoming Australia's new permanent head coach following the resignation of Justin Langer and believes the game is heading into a fascinating period with how international teams shape their coaching structures.
McDonald, who had already been due to take charge of the Sri Lanka T20 series and will now lead the tour to Pakistan next month in an interim capacity, is considered a frontrunner for the long-term position and his calmness was endorsed by limited-overs captain Aaron Finch.
While Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley has previously said they will be looking to appoint a single replacement for Langer, who resigned last week having only been offered a six-month contract extension, McDonald sees the game could be heading into a new phase with the increasingly crammed nature of international cricket.
"It happened really really quickly with JL and the process there. No thoughts given to it at this stage," he said. "I think the greater conversation around that at this stage is clearly Australia and England have jobs open but it's what they're looking for. Split roles have been mentioned [to manage] all three formats. There's a lot to work through. I'll wait to see how that process unfolds and see what happens there.
"Firstly you've got to see what they're looking for in the job and then whether it's the right fit for you. It's like any coaching role that you put your hat in the ring for. It's not just as simple as saying 'there's a job there, would you like to do it, yes or no?' I think it's a great opportunity for a greater cricket conversation that two of the bigger cricket nations are embarking upon. I'm fascinated to see where that lands.
"The FTP over the next 12-24 months is not getting any lighter, there's a conversation to be had there. [Split coaching] has been tried before. We saw Andy Flower and Ashley Giles do a split role, whether that was the right time for it, the game's changed a hell of a lot since then as well."
In the short term, McDonald does not see a need to reinvent the wheel in the Australia set up with the T20 World Cup and Ashes secured in recent months with Langer at the helm albeit having heeded warnings to take a less hands-on approach.
Australia secured a 20-run victory against Sri Lanka on Friday with a particularly impressive performance in the field led by Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa who were both key figures in the World Cup success.
"The last six months have been an incredible time," McDonald said. "It's been well documented the changing room was in a good space. The World Cup was a great experience, the Ashes was a great experience. I can't see there being a hell of a lot of change on the back of that. I've got an opportunity to do my job for the next month or so to the end of the Pakistan tour then see what it looks like. There will be an element of continuing to run the team with similar fashion to what we have."
McDonald also praised the role Langer had on the team which he joined in late 2019.
"The values he instilled in the team, the way he was able to manage things from South Africa forward was an incredible effort," he said. "He had an incredibly high work rate, that attention to detail, care, empathy, all those types of things. Respect for what he's done in terms of his playing and coaching career."

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo