Cricket Australia Lose McDermott And McInnes

Cricket Australia Lose McDermott And McInnes
Cricket Australia Lose McDermott And McInnes
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Cricket Australia have announced that bowling coach Craig McDermott and Women's National Coach Richard McInnes have both stepped down.

McDermott was appointed 12 months ago while McInnes had been with CA for seven years.

McDermott said: "It has been a very difficult decision to leave my position as the bowling coach of the Australian cricket team, a job I have thoroughly enjoyed since beginning 12 months ago.

"However the team’s schedule is a particularly busy one and after looking at the upcoming touring demands, I felt this to be the right decision from a personal and professional point of view.

"It has been a great honour to work with our most exciting bowlers over this period and we have achieved much success. The progression of particular players and the improvement of depth in Australian bowling stocks has been the result of much hard work from both sides and is something I am particularly proud of.

"While I have agreed to provide input through Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence, I am looking to continue my coaching career in a context that allows me further flexibility and will be looking to explore a range of options. I am certainly not ruling out being involved with the Australian cricket team in the future should that fit within the team’s requirements.

"For now though, I want to thank Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur for the opportunity and wish them and the team every success over a really exciting next 12 months of cricket."

McInnes has played a key role in helping the Australia Women improve their performance since 2009, including winning the ICC World Twenty20 2010 and regaining the Ashes in 2010.

"This decision was a difficult one, however with more travel on the horizon, I think it is the right time to step aside and begin planning the next phase of my career," he said.

"During my time with the team we’ve won the ICC World Twenty20 and reclaimed the Ashes in 2010 after declaring behind in the one-off Test match. The Southern Stars are progressing well, ahead of this year’s defence of the ICC World Twenty20 crown."

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