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Tasmania assistant coach Ali de Winter has been confirmed as the man who will replace Craig McDermott as Australian bowling coach. Waqar Younis had been the highest profile candidate for the role, but he was turned down by Cricket Australia following an interview last month.
De Winter had been given the role on an interim basis during Australia’s short limited-overs tour of England and impressed CA performance manager Pat Howard, head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke with his methods during that stint.
Howard said of the appointment, “We’re very pleased to have secured Ali’s services for the role from a wide field of international candidates. Ali presented well on how he would manage the role on a day-to-day basis and has impressed through his work with bowlers such as Ben Hilfenhaus and Jackson Bird in Tasmania, and while he was the interim bowling coach on the recent VB Tour to England.
“We feel Ali has skills that will complement those of Mickey Arthur, Justin Langer and Steve Rixon and is well equipped to pick-up on Craig McDermott’s previous good work.”
Speaking of the way he will approach his new role, de Winter said, “I don’t think it is too complicated – it’s about having a strong work ethic, building good relationships and doing things like attacking the top of off stump in Test cricket. I am particularly excited to get this chance, particularly now as Australia has such a deep pool of fast bowling talent with 10-12 young bowlers featuring at the moment. There is a great group of young bowlers coming through to complement the experienced names who are also performing well.”
De Winter is expected to start his new job with immediate effect and will travel with Australia to the United Arab Emirates where they will play Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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