By CricketCountry Staff
Melbourne: Aug 3, 2012
Cricket Australia has named former Tasmanian cricketer Allister de Winter as the new bowling coach of the national team.
De Winter is currently the head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC T20 Big Bash League and assistant coach of the Tasmanian Tigers.
The Australian said he was excited by the opportunity. He was quoted by the Herald Sun as saying, "I don’t think it is too complicated – it’s about having a strong work ethic, building good relationships and doing things like attacking the top of off stump in Test cricket.
"I am particularly excited to get this chance, particularly now as Australia has such a deep pool of fast bowling talent with 10-12 young bowlers featuring at the moment.”
The former Tasmanian cricketer is very impressed by the current bowling combination of the Australian team which had great success in the recently-concluded Test series against India.
"There is a great group of young bowlers coming through to complement the experienced names who are also performing well," he said.
Cricket Australia executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard feels the new bowling coach will justify the selection.
Howard said, "We’re very pleased to have secured Ali’s services for the role from a wide field of international candidates.
"Ali presented well on how he would manage the role on a day-to-day basis and has impressed through his work with bowlers such as Ben Hilfenhaus and Jackson Bird for Tasmania, and while he was the interim bowling coach on the recent VB Tour to England.
"We feel Ali has skills that will complement those of Mickey Arthur, Justin Langer and Steve Rixon and is well equipped to pick-up on Craig McDermott’s previous good work.”
De Winter represented Tasmania in 21 First Class matches between 1986 and 1993.