Australia’s bowling coach Craig McDermott will step down after the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India, joining batting coach Michael Di Venuto in departing the top-ranked Test nation.
The former Australian pacer, who took 291 wickets, turned down a contract extension so he could concentrate on his outside business interests.
McDermott confirming his decision said, “Its been a thrill to have been able to help the players reach their potential, and to see them achieve such feats as the 5-0 Ashes win at home, defeating South Africa in South Africa and winning last year’s World Cup.”
He also added that he would love to end his stint with a World T20 trophy. Meanwhile, Australia coach Darren Lehmann said McDermott was a big loss for the team, having helped bring through some of their top class fast bowling talent.
Meanwhile, Di Venuto, whose exit was made public last month, will leave to join English county Surrey as head coach after Australia’s three Twenty20 international matches against South Africa, which starts today.
Former Aussie Test and one-day international Greg Blewett will step in as batting coach. The ICC World Twenty20 starts from March 8 in India.