Cricket Australia on Thursday appointed Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughan as assistant coaches for the national men’s team, a year after the staff of the fans was reduced to tackle the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The duo will join Justin Langer’s coaching staff full time, ahead of a busy summer that includes the Ashes series, a Test against Afghanistan and white ball matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, according to a statement from Cricket Australia.
Both have the experience of being coaches and are seen as a replacement for Graeme Hick, who was removed from the position last year as part of the cost-saving efforts of Cricket Australia, which resulted in 40 people losing their jobs.
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The 47-year-old Di Venuto, who played nine one-dayers and played 336 First Class, 302 List A and 54 T20 matches, was currently with the Australian squad in St Lucia for the T20I and ODI tour. of the West Indies.
He previously worked with the Australian men’s team as a batting coach, before leading Surrey to his first English county title in 16 years in 2018. He returned to Australia in 2020 and worked with the Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmania. “I spent some time in the group last month and really enjoyed being with them again,” Di Venuto said.
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Vaughan has represented South Australia in 28 First Class and 24 List A matches.
The 47-year-old was appointed head coach of Tasmania’s Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh ODI teams in 2020.
“Joining the Australian men’s team as an assistant coach so far is the highlight of my career so far and I look forward to contributing to the success of the group,” said Vaughan.
Langer said he is looking forward to working with the duo.
“They are excellent coaches and leaders in their respective fields. They will add so much expertise and value to this group. We are very excited to have both on board,” Langer added.