Former Australia batsman and a champion all-round player, David Hussey is expected to be named the new head coach of Melbourne Stars for the next season of the Big Bash League early this week. He won the battle over former Victoria coach David Saker. David Hussey will be replaced by Stephen Fleming who was the coach of the Stars for the last season.
As per reports in the ESPN Cricinfo, it is learnt that David Hussey was considered the most suitable man for the job after doing many assistant coaching roles ever since calling it quits from the game as a player. The Melbourne Stars are looking to steady the improvement of the franchise who managed to go through to the final of the tournament last year only to be handed a narrow defeat against their rivals Melbourne Renegades. In the earlier year, they finished last so the performance last year was simply superb.
David Hussey who was an active player in the BBL is a former skipper of the Melbourne Stars and has a good relationship with the former coach Stephen Fleming and also the chief executive of the Stars, Clint Cooper. Meanwhile, David Hussey was further named the Cricket Victoria Board Director back in October 2018.
As per reports, it is learnt that both Hussey and David Saker was interviewed for the post last week. David Hussey was offered the job last Friday. David Saker who was the former bowling coach of England was also named the coach of Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades. He was also appointed as the assistant coach of Australia when Darren Lehmann was in charge of the team. However, Saker had differences with Lehmann’s successor Justin Langer and stepped down henceforth.
“Under Boof [Lehmann] particularly, we won an Ashes and had some really good series wins, so that was good. There were obviously some frustrating times after South Africa,” David Saker had said earlier this month. “New coach came in, things changed quite a bit, and I probably wasn’t as passionate as I was before that.
“On reflection, it’s probably a good thing that I got out, just refreshed myself. As I said, I’m ready to go again. I enjoyed my time with the Australian cricket team but I think it was time for me to move on.”
Meanwhile, Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand skipper and also the coach of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL feels it is the correct time to step down as the coach of the Melbourne Stars. He feels that the club is in very good shape after going through to the final last year despite finishing last in the previous edition of the tournament.
“I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the club forward,” Stephen Fleming said after announcing of his departure.
“The club is in very good shape having rebounded from last in BBL07 to grand finalist this season. Whilst we didn’t get the ultimate prize I’m confident that the group of players we have assembled will be motivated to go one further next season.”