Shelley Nitschke has been appointed Australia’s girls’s cricket staff head coach, charged with main the subsequent technology after being handed a four-year deal.
- Former Australian cricketer Shelley Nitschke will substitute Matthew Mott as nationwide girls’s cricket coach
- Final month, Nitschke guided Australia to cricket gold on the Commonwealth Video games
- Australian girls’s cricket is in transition, with Rachael Haynes quitting internationals and Meg Lanning on private depart
Nitschke was advised this week that she would substitute former mentor Matthew Mott in a full-time capability, after serving as interim chief since his exit in Might.
Since then, Nitschke has guided Australia to Commonwealth Video games gold and each single trophy out there to them now sits of their cupboard.
The interval has additionally included the ushering in of two new assistants, with Ben Sawyer additionally leaving to take up a task in New Zealand.
However Nitschke has lengthy been conscious she faces an period of transition not seen since Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and John Buchanan all left the boys’s set-up on the similar time.
Deciding on a brand new chief will probably be amongst her first jobs, with vice-captain Rachael Haynes retiring final week and skipper Meg Lanning on indefinite private depart.
The likes of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry are additionally each past the age of 30, whereas Australia enters an period of solely defending titles reasonably than constructing in direction of regaining them.
“I am honoured to have been given this chance to guide the staff full-time and to proceed to construct on the legacy created by Matthew Mott,” Nitschke mentioned on Tuesday.
“Whereas I loved my time working as assistant coach, I really feel the time is true to step up and lead this group in what’s shaping as a brand new period with a new-look teaching group and the retirement of Rachael Haynes.
“The lack of Rach will little question be felt, but it surely presents an awesome alternative for others to place their arms up each from a management perspective in addition to with the bat and within the area.”
Nitschke performed 122 matches for Australia throughout all three codecs between 2005 and 2011, taking 153 wickets as a finger-spinner and scoring greater than 3,000 runs.
She then transitioned into teaching in South Australia, earlier than taking up an assistant position underneath Mott within the nationwide set-up in 2018 and later teaching the Perth Scorchers.
“We’re delighted to nominate Shelley as head coach of our world champion girls’s staff,” excessive efficiency supervisor Ben Oliver mentioned.
“She did an impressive job in an interim capability in the course of the Commonwealth Video games and was the clear stand-out candidate within the recruitment course of.
“Shelley is an extremely well-respected coach with a confirmed monitor document.”