Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that Shelley Nitschke has been appointed as the top coach of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team for the following 4 years. Nitschke, 45, was named interim head coach in May following the resignation of Matthew Mott, main Australia to gold in its historic Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham in July.
One of the world’s main all-rounders, Nitschke broke into the Australian workforce in 2005 as a 28-year-old and went on to play 80 One-Day Internationals, 36 Twenty20’s and 6 Test matches. In that point, she amassed over 3,000 runs and claimed greater than 150 wickets together with her left-arm orthodox bowling.
She was named ICC Women’s Cricket of the Year in 2010 and claimed 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) consecutive Belinda Clark Awards. Nitschke retired from worldwide cricket in 2011 and went on to carry varied teaching roles with South Australia, the Adelaide Strikers – the place she additionally performed two seasons from 2015-2017 – and Cricket Australia.
In 2018 she was appointed assistant coach of the Australian Women’s Team and in 2019, was named Head Coach of the Perth Scorchers WBBL facet, main the workforce to its maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title final summer season.
Nitschke will honour her Perth Scorchers contract for this season, earlier than stepping down on the conclusion of the WBBL.
“I’m honoured to have been given this chance to guide the workforce full-time and to proceed to construct on the legacy created by Matthew Mott. While I loved my time working as an assistant coach, I really feel the time is correct to step up and lead this group in what’s shaping as a brand new period with a new-look teaching group and the retirement of Rachael Haynes,” she stated in an official launch.
“The lack of Rach will little doubt be felt, however it presents a fantastic alternative for others to place their palms up each from a management perspective in addition to with the bat and within the area,” she added.
Nitschke’s first task shall be Australia’s five-match T20 tour of India in December, with a house bilateral collection towards Pakistan in January to wrap up Australia’s preparations forward of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February in South Africa.
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