Cooley appointed Australia’s acting coach


Troy Cooley was Tuesday appointed interim coach for Australia’s upcoming tour of South Africa following Tim Nielsen’s resignation, but said he was not interested in the position full-time. “Troy has filled this role successfully in the past and has worked extensively with all players within the Australian set-up,” said Cricket Australia (CA) general manager Michael Brown, announcing the decision.
Cooley, 45, is currently head coach at CA’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, and since 2006 has been the country’s bowling coach, as well as its assistant coach for the last two years.
But he will not be applying for the head coach role full-time, with former New Zealand coach Steve Rixon and former Australian Test batsman Justin Langer reportedly in the running for the job. “Troy has advised that he will not be an applicant for the head coach role, given his significant and important duties at the Centre of Excellence,” said Brown. “This appointment will therefore allow the Australian squad continuity as they attempt to cement their number one one-day ranking and attempt to climb the ICC Test rankings.”