Sydney: Oct 19, 2013
The split captaincy across three formats has been a practise among international cricket teams for some time but Cricket Australia (CA) now is toying with the idea of having different coaches in different formats.
CA isn’t ruling out appointment of different head coaches for different formats in future, but insists Darren Lehmann will retain control of the Test and limited-overs teams for the moment.
The decision to divide the bowling coach’s roles between Craig McDermott (Tests) and Ali de Winter (short forms) raised speculation that CA would follow the lead of the England and Wales Cricket Board, which placed coaching director Andy Flower in charge of the Test team and handed responsibility for the one-day team to former spinner Ashley Giles.
But CA’s immediate plan is to keep giving Lehmann occasional breaks from touring, as it has done for the current ODI series in India, where assistant coach Steve Rixon is in charge.
“We never count anything out but to be honest as you’ve seen with Steve Rixon in India, the Future Tours Program means a coach going on every tour [is] very difficult,” Team performance boss Pat Howard was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
“For other positions I wouldn’t draw too long a bow at the moment ? The Argus report gave two recommendations, one talked about splitting the formats and the other suggestion was leaving coaches out of certain tours. We’ve gone down [the latter] path for the moment and I think it’s an important part of reinvigorating certain coaches’ focus at certain times,” he further added.
“The bowling one is focused on the coaches’ core technical skill rather than dictated by the Future Tours Program.”
McDermott, a trusted mentor of Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, stayed involved with the Centre of Excellence and Australian under-19s after stepping away from the national team last year for family reasons.
His international experience is seen as a major asset, while de Winter, who played 21 first-class games for Tasmania, can focus on the Twenty20 and 50-over World Cups in the next two years.