Former One-Day International cricketer Michael di Venuto has been appointed as Australia's new team batting coach.
Di Venuto played nine ODIs for Australia during a career that saw him represent Derbyshire, Durham, Sussex and Tasmania as well as Italy and he is currently assisstant coach at Tasmania.
He will stand down from his current position with Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes to take up his new post ahead of the Test tour of India.
"We are delighted to have Michael on board. We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table, as well as a wealth of experience in first-class cricket," Australia coach Mickey Arthur said.
"We felt it was important that the appointed person had demonstrated coaching experience. This aligns with our coaching pathway plans which is an Argus review recommendation.
"Michael spent some time around the Test squad while we were in Hobart and again during the Commonwealth Bank Series and we were impressed with the way he went about his work and we look forward to him joining us on a full-time basis," he added.
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