Thursday 17 October 2013 

Australia Shuffle Bowling Coaching Setup

Craig McDermott, James Pattinson
Craig McDermott, seen here with James Pattinson, is back in Australia's coaching team
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Cricket Australia have installed Craig McDermott as Test bowling coach and Ali de Winter as limited overs bowling coach.

As more and more players are rested for certain formats and both players and coaches are given time off during cricket's increasingly packed schedule, Australia have chosen to appoint specialist coaches for the different formats.

"Appointing coaches to specific roles is something the Team Performance Department has been considering for some time," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia General Manager Team Performance, said.

"Given the amount of cricket played now in all three forms of the game, we’ve been considering our coaching structure to get the best out of the players across the various formats.

"We also feel that with the amount of touring now it is extremely difficult for every member of the support staff to be on every tour. As we’ve seen in more recent times we’ve swapped our support staff at particular moments to ensure everyone is fresh and energised and the feedback on that has been very positive."

Head coach Darren Lehmann, who is currently taking a break as the team takes on India away from home added:

"It's great that Craig is now in a position to be involved again and also means we are able to allow Ali to focus on the limited overs formats ahead of the ICC World T20 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which are coming up quickly.

"Less time travelling for both Ali and Craig also means more time at home to plan, work with the states or BBL teams and also directly with the bowlers on technical aspects or other areas for improvement."

McDermott said: "I’m very happy to be in a position to join the Australian coaching setup again and I look forward to working closely with Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke and the team this summer.

"There is obviously a huge focus on regaining the Ashes this summer and I’ll work as hard as possible to prepare our bowlers for the challenge ahead," McDermott said.

McDermott served as Australia's bowling coach between May 2011 and May 2012, when he resigned due to the heavy schedule.

Commenting on his appointment as Australian Team Limited Overs Bowling Coach, Ali de Winter said:

"We have the two most important limited overs tournaments in world cricket coming up with the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh next year and then the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia in 2015 so I’m very much looking forward to working with the fast bowlers as we build-up to these events.

"I enjoy both forms of the limited overs game and welcome the challenge of working with the bowlers on specific preparation and tactical awareness for each of these formats.

"We have some work to do between now and each of the world events and I'm looking forward to focussing on contributing to returning Australia to the number 1 ranking in T20 and ODI cricket."

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