Steve Rixon is the best man for Australia coaching job: Adam Parore

Steve Rixon is presently associated with the Australian team as a fielding coach Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Auckland: Oct 16, 2011

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore says that the Steve Rixon, ex Kiwi coach, is the best man for the Australia coaching job.

Rixon is presently associated with the Australian team as a fielding coach, and is competing with the likes of Greg Shipperd, Mickey Arthur and John Wright for the job.

“I think now is a good time for him to take the Australian job if it s offered to him because there s a reasonably young captain in terms of his actual experience as a captain he s just coming into the job,” Parore was quoted by a leading daily as saying.

“Steve s strength is his focus towards young and enthusiastic teams. That was certainly the state for us; he brings a young team together, instils enthusiasm and drills them physically while he can call upon his own experiences as a coach and international player,” he added.

Tim Nielsen is unlikely to be reappointed after he was axed from the post as per the recommendations made by the Argus Review.

Parore said 57-year-old Rixon had the ability to help Australia rebuild, develop a strong sense of camaraderie.

“I think he could offer a lot to that group. Steve didn t take long to win our respect because he d do things like get his hands dirty with fielding drills and if he wasn t happy he d stay back longer with the players to get it right over time that builds a great camaraderie and sense of trust,” the former wicketkeeper said.

A few reports claimed that Cricket Australia (CA) general manager Michael Brown has already contacted Rixon for the role.