Former Australia cricketer Andrew McDonald has assumed a new role in his cricketing career as assistant coach of men’s team. The 38-year-old played four Tests for Australia. He finished with a 15-year career that included 95 first-class appearances, 100 List A and 93 Twenty20 matches.
McDonald recently served as head coach of IPL side Rajasthan Royals. His announcement regarding his retirement has been a demanded name in the world of cricket. Andrew McDonald led Victoria to Sheffield Shield victory in his debut year as a coach in cricket. However, he won the Big Bash League title with Melbourne Renegades earlier this year.
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. Also, we are 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 is a testament to his skill, dedication, and knowledge of the game,” Langer said.