Former England batsman Graeme Hick has been appointed as Cricket Australia's High Performance Coach.
He replaces Stuart Law, who has taken over as head coach at Queensland following Darren Lehmann's appointment as Australia head coach.
"Graeme is a highly regarded former international batsman who has been a consultant coach this past winter working with our AIS scholars. It is fantastic that we could secure his services full-time," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia (CA) Executive General Manager Team Performance, said.
"His main role will be working with our development teams including Australia A, Under 19 players and those in our current pathway system. He will also provide a dedicated batting resource to all State players and Australian players who come through the Centre of Excellence at any time during the year. He will work closely with the State coaches in this regard.
"Graeme knows what it takes to compete at the top level and has had many years’ experience playing in different conditions, which will be vital to the development of our young batters.
"He will complement the specialist skills with Troy Cooley and Tim Coyle who are responsible for our fast bowling and fielding programs respectively, as well as all national coaching staff in our pathway system including Darren Lehmann.
"One of Graeme’s first tasks will be attending a batting forum that CA is running in October in Sydney. The forum will bring together a number for former Australian cricketers and current coaches and will provide information that will feed into the creation of a national batting program that Graeme will be charged with developing and implementing."
Hick added: "Over the years I have developed a huge amount of respect for Australian cricket and the Baggy Green.
"I am excited about the chance to work with Australia’s young talent and being able to assist in their growth and development. This is going to be a great challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to."
Hick played 65 Tests between 1991 and 2001 and ahead of his retirement from first-class cricket in 2008, he scored 41,112 runs including 136 centuries.
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