Former Australian middle-order batsman Mike Hussey, who in the past wished to be a national coach, is a top contender to be picked as the Twenty20 International head coach.
In February 2017, Australia will be play a three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in and the squad will surely have new faces as the final match of the series clashes with Test squad touring in India for four Tests.
The 41-year-old Hussey, director of cricket for Sydney Thunder, the domestic T20 franchise, had a brilliant international career, before leading Thunder’s to their maiden Big Bash League title in his final outing.
“I’m already interested in [coaching], definitely, but I’m not sure I’m keen to be in it in a full-time capacity because if you’re with an international team you’re pretty much on the road for 10 months a year and that’s certainly one of the reasons why I retired,” Hussey said, who might get the appointment by the Cricket Australia board on Friday.
As Darren Lehmann has been leading the charge across all formats, the national team might get different caretakers in a shorter span of time.
Cricket Australia during the selection process and coaching programmes was urged to fill the space as Lehmann and his assistant David Saker will be in India for the series.
“It’s certainly not something that I’m in the short term looking to get back into on a full-time basis, but perhaps down in the future and certainly coming in as a consultant type and helping out for a few weeks here or there, is something that’s really interesting,” Hussey remarked.
After his duties as a consultant with the Australia squad for World T20 2016 in India, Hussey is by far the fast find to mentor the boys in baggy green.
Former Test skipper Ricky Ponting has also been in contention with former Test gloveman batsman Brad Haddin and Sharne Warne, who fitted in the CA coaching programme category, pitched hard for the coaching race.