Sawyer replaces Ashley Noffke who held the role during Australia’s tour to India earlier this year, and brings plenty of experience, having coached the Sydney Sixers to two rebel Women’s Big Bash League titles as well as being assistant to Leah Poulton on the first overseas tour for Australia’s under-19 women’s team in April. He has also spent time with the New South Wales Breakers as a specialist pace bowling coach.
The appointment of Sawyer comes at a key point in time for Australia, with the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International T20 Series against New Zealand getting underway on Saturday 29 September, a bilateral series against Pakistan in Malaysia in October and the World T20 in November.
Speaking on joining the Australian team, Sawyer said:
“I’m really excited to be able to join Matthew and Shelley in what I think is a really diverse coaching group and one that can help steer a really talented group of players.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with the Sixers for the last three seasons, and so I already know a few of the players really well, but I’m looking forward to working with a new group of players.
“We’ve got a really busy period coming up, but it’s a chance for this team to show why they are the number one team in the world. They’ve put in a lot of hard work over the winter and are in good form, so I think they’re well placed to hopefully claim back that World T20 crown."
Speaking on the appointment of Sawyer, Women’s Team Head Coach Matthew Mott said:
“Ben is a welcome addition to our team, having worked with him previously in various pathways programs, I am genuinely excited on what he can bring to our squad.
“Having been involved with the women’s game domestically for the past decade, Ben has a great understanding of not only of our players but also key international players that we will come up against.
“Ben is a quiet, unassuming but highly respected coach who has already worked with a number of our players, all of which had a strong endorsement of his appointment.”
Sawyer will continue his role with the Sixers for WBBL|04, a team that is led by Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry.
Australia begins its 2018-19 summer at home with three Commonwealth Bank T20 Internationals against New Zealand starting on 29 September at North Sydney Oval. The match will be shown live on Fox Cricket and Channel Seven after the AFL Grand Final.
Tickets to the season are available for $15 for adults, $10 for concession and free for kids*. Full prices for the season and details on how to buy tickets are available at www.cricket.com.au/tickets.
Commonwealth Bank Women’s T20 International Series Fixture
29 September: 1st T20, Australia v New Zealand, North Sydney Oval, Sydney
1 October: 2nd T20, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
5 October: 3rd T20, Manuka Oval, Canberra
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