Brad Haddin had earlier coached Australia A side    Getty Images
Brad Haddin had earlier coached Australia A side Getty Images

Former wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fast bowler Ryan Harris were Tuesday drafted into the Australian coaching set-up for the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series against New Zealand early next year. The recently-retired pair will join coach Darren Lehmann on the tour with current assistants Graeme Hick and David Saker both heading to India early for prepare for Australia’s Test tour there in February-March. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket,” Lehmann said. “Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity. They will bring a great insight to the team and their appointment highlights some of the depth we have in Australia in the coaching pathway system.” READ: Australia vs South Africa, first Test: Steven Smith not happy with Australia’s batting fall down

Australia and New Zealand play three one-dayers from January 30-February 5 in Auckland, Napier and Hamilton.

Australia are currently playing South Africa at home in a three-match Test series. The visitors won the opening Test by a 177-run margin as the hosts disappointed with their performance with both bat and ball. Kagiso Rabada for South Africa was the hero with the ball in the absence of senior paceman Dale Steyn while Dean Elgar and JP Duminy did an exceptional job hitting tons. For Australia, David Warner and Usman Khawaja scored some good runs amidst a not-so-good batting performance by Australia.