Rajasthan Royals’ head coach Andrew McDonald is set to be named Australia’s assistant coach, multiple reports have suggested. McDonald, who is just 38, has established himself as one of the best coaches with his credentials. It saw him land a big IPL gig with Rajasthan Royals as he replaced Pady Upton as their head coach.
McDonald had been part of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s backroom staff but his elevation to the head coach rank was a big boost for him.
It is confirmed that McDonald will not take the coaching assignment on a full-time basis as he has contracts at Big Bash League, The Hundred and now IPL as well. Like other assistant coaches, he might be part of the team on a series to series basis.
Since the appointment of Justin Langer as Australia’s head coach in 2018, Australi have had taken services of former legends.
Ricky Ponting has joined the team on few occasions and was also part of the backroom staff during World Cup and Ashes 2019. He too has an IPL coaching contract with Delhi Capitals and cannot commit to Australia on a full-time basis.
Australia legend Steve Waugh had also mentored the team during Ashes. Presently, Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris are assisting Langer in the ongoing Sri Lanka T20Is. Hussey is the batting coach of Chennai Super Kings while Harris stepped down from his position at Kings XI Punjab after IPL 2019.
Despite McDonald soon joining Australia, the Kangaroos will be unable to get a permanent deputy to Langer.
As per reports, former South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson was in line to take over as Australia’s bowling coach but there has been no update on it yet.
Trevor Bayliss, former England World Cup-winning coach, also left the door ajar for an international comeback – for Australia – on a part-time basis. He might be part of the set-up for a big tournament like the T20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia next year.
Cricket Australia is expected to confirm McDonald’s appointment soon.