CA aims to appoint new coach, ODI captain ahead of England tour


SYDNEY: Australia’s new head coach and ODI leadership will be announced in the lead up to their limited-overs tour to England if all goes to plan for Cricket Australia. As expected, the CA Board met in Melbourne today to work out the process behind the coach hunt.

Australia are set to play five ODIs and a one-off T20 in England starting on June 13, their first assignment since the suspension of Steven Smith and David Warner, and the departure of Darren Lehmann.

According to CA’s website, Board chairman David Peever said: “The Board has asked [CA’s] management to provide recommendations regarding candidates for the men’s head coach, ODI captain and ODI vice-captain. The Board is anticipating receiving these recommendations in the coming weeks, with a view to making appointments ahead of the ODI tour to the UK.

“Once these appointments have been endorsed and finalised, announcements can then be made.”

The vacancies were created when Smith (captain), Warner (vice-captain) and batsman Cameron Bancroft were suspended by CA for up to 12 months for the part they played in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Coach Lehmann was cleared of any wrongdoing by an investigation conducted by CA, but on the day before the final Test of the series, he said that he would be stepping down. Tim Paine was named Test captain, but he is not a sure pick in the limited-overs sides.