Craig McDermott
Craig McDermott (Getty Images)

Former Australia assistant coach Craig McDermott isn’t averse to the possibility of returning to the position he left in 2016 following the latest development that saw David Saker resigning from the post with immediate effect on Thursday.

McDermott stepped down from the role after the 2016 ICC World T20 in India ending a three-year stint with Cricket Australia (CA) with Saker succeeding him.

Former Tasmania cricketer Troy Cooley has been named as the bowling coach for the upcoming ODI series against India and Pakistan.

While he hasn’t been contacted by CA, McDermott isn’t dismissing a possible comeback. “I follow the team. I still got my son playing the game and I follow the team closely. I certainly watch all the bowlers bowl all the time and everything else. And I also watch about every BBL game, so I’m aware of what goes on around the place. Everything is open to discussion at the end of the day, isn’t it? It’s something that you would always look at,” McDermott told Cricbuzz.

Despite improvement against Sri Lanka, McDermott said Australia bowlers hadn’t been at their best especially during the India Test series which resulted in a historic 1-2 defeat.

“It was a tough summer. We probably didn’t bowl our best. I thought our lengths were a bit out. We weren’t moving the ball around like the Indians were, were we? Didn’t have the right seam shape, things like that. There’s a bit there to work on. They obviously also improved against Sri Lanka, but they are probably not a team you want to really measure yourself against totally after not going so well against India,” he said.

Pointing out what went wrong with the bowlers, McDermott, who took 291 wickets in 71 Tests, said, “I thought we were bowling a bit too short during the summer. A lot of balls, if they were aimed at the stumps, missed the stumps. I think we did a bit better in the Brisbane Test [vs Sri Lanka] to a degree with the pink ball, and got it fairly right at Manuka too. We got a lot of catches behind the wicket, which was always a good sign of that, and a number of clean-bowleds which is another sign. We need to continue to do that game after game.”