CA name De Winter as new bowling coach
Former Tasmania paceman Ali De Winter has been named as Cricket Australia’s new bowling coach, replacing Craig McDermott who left the role in May.
De Winter, 44, has been credited with rejuvenating the Test career of swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus.
The Tasmania assistant coach was also head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes in last summer’s Big Bash League Twenty20 competition.
Pakistan pace great Waqar Younis was another candidate, announcing last week that he was unsuccessful.
CA team performance general manager Pat Howard said De Winter beat a wide field of international candidates.
“Ali presented well on how he would manage the role on a day-to-day basis and has impressed through his work with bowlers such as Ben Hilfenhaus and Jackson Bird in Tasmania, and while he was the interim bowling coach on the recent (one-day) tour to England,” Howard said on Friday.
“We feel Ali has skills that will complement those of (head coach) Mickey Arthur, (assistants) Justin Langer and Steve Rixon and is well equipped to pick up on Craig McDermott’s previous good work.”
De Winter says he’s determined to keep a simple game plan.
“I don’t think it is too complicated,” he said.
“It’s about having a strong work ethic, building good relationships and doing things like attacking the top of off stump in Test cricket.
“I am particularly excited to get this chance, particularly now as Australia has such a deep pool of fast bowling talent with 10-12 young bowlers featuring at the moment.”© AAP 2013
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