Cricket news 2022: Shelley Nitschke named head coach of all-conquering Australian women’s team

Former Australian cricketer Shelley Nitschke has officially replaced Matthew Mott as head coach of the all-conquering women’s national team on a four-year deal, keeping her in that role until 2027.

The 45-year-old, who has represented Australia 122 times in all formats, has been interim head coach since Mott was poached by the England men’s white ball team in Mayguiding Meg Lanning’s team to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month.

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Nitschke, who was appointed assistant coach for Australia’s women’s team in 2018, signed a contract extension with the Perth Scorchers earlier this year but will leave his position with the WBBL franchise after this summer’s tournament.

After taking charge of the Scorchers in 2019, Nitschke led the team to their first WBBL title last summer.

Nitschke scored 3,118 runs and 153 wickets during his illustrious international career, winning the coveted Belinda Clark Award four times before his retirement in 2011.

The versatile South Australian player was named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2010, winning a T20 World Cup title the same year.

The Australian squad are going through a period of transition within their leadership group – following Mott’s departure, skipper Lanning took an indefinite step away from the game to focus on her mental well-being, and vice-captain Rachael Haynes has retired from all forms of international cricket.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead the team full-time and continue to build on the legacy created by Matthew Mott,” Nitschke said in a statement.

“While I have enjoyed my job as an assistant coach, I believe now is the right time to step up and lead this group into what is shaping up to be a new era with a new group of coaches and the retirement of Rachael Haynes.

“The loss of Rach will no doubt be felt, but this presents a great opportunity for others to raise their hands both from a leadership perspective as well as with bat and on the pitch.

“Our challenge is to ensure that the team continues to evolve; we’ve seen teams like India take their game to the next level and it’s important that the players feel they have the support they need to keep improving every day.

“Our squad continues to go from strength to strength and I’m excited to see what this group can achieve next; there’s some big cricket on the horizon, including the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February and Ashes in England. outdoors next winter, so now is the perfect time to get involved.

During Mott’s seven-year tenure as head coach, the Australian team won two T20 World Cup titles, three Ashes Series and two ICC Women’s Championships before winning the coveted Women’s World Cup in April. of this year.

“We are delighted to appoint Shelley as head coach of our women’s world champion team,” Cricket Australia high performance boss Ben Oliver said in a statement.

“She did an outstanding job as an interim during the Commonwealth Games and was the most outstanding candidate in the recruitment process.

“Shelley is an incredibly respected coach with a proven track record. She knows what it takes to succeed at international level and brings significant coaching and playing experience to the role.

“She’s been a great mentor to the spin group since joining as an assistant in 2018, helping them become some of the best bowlers in the world, and we can’t wait to see what the team can accomplish with Shelley at bar.

“We have started recruitment for the vacant assistant coaching positions and we look forward to Shelley’s input into this process.”

The Australian women’s team are not expected to play any games until December, a white ball tour of India.

Originally published as Shelley Nitschke appointed head coach of Australia’s women’s cricket team