The summer after clinching titles in all three domestic competitions, Andrew McDonald has been snapped up to become Justin Langer’s, right-hand man.
McDonald’s appointment to the senior assistant coaching position with the national men’s team was announced tonight while Australia was playing Sri Lanka in a Gillette T20 at the Gabba after reports of the move surfaced earlier in the day.
Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams expressed his excitement at the appointment, and what he anticipates McDonald’s will bring to the table.
“We are excited to have Andrew join the Australian Men’s Team. As a player, Andrew was an outstanding all-rounder, tactician and competitor, and a popular teammate. And as a coach, he has demonstrated great leadership and enjoyed remarkable success in all formats. We are confident our playing group will grow under Andrew’s mentorship. We are also proud that our world-class domestic system is providing a pathway to international coaching ranks,” Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams.
“We were fortunate to have a strong list of candidates to choose from and I would personally like to thank all those who applied for the position of Senior Assistant Coach along with Cricket Victoria for their support of Andrew,” Oliver said.
Justin Langer, the Australia head coach, welcomed his deputy, saying: “Andrew complements our coaching panel perfectly. I have no doubt his all-round knowledge and man-management skills will be a positive addition to our team. The coaching success Andrew has enjoyed around the world in a relatively short period of time is a testament to his skill, dedication, and knowledge of the game,” Langer said.
“He is also a wonderful competitor, which Australian fans saw first hand throughout his career with the national team, Victoria and South Australia, as well as the Renegades, Strikers, and Thunder,” Langer added.