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Craig McDermott appointed Australia's bowling coach

May 12, 2011 10:14 IST

Former pacer Craig McDermott was on Thursday appointed Australia's bowling coach for a year while former Test opener Justin Langer's reign as the cricket team's assistant coach was extended for another 12 months.

"Cricket Australia today announced that former Australia strike bowler Craig McDermott will join the Australia team as Assistant Coach Bowling," CA said in a statement.

"CA has also announced that former Test opener Justin Langer has been re-appointed in the role of Assistant Coach for 12 months." Cricket Australia General Manager Cricket Michael Brown said the 46-year-old McDermott's credentials and experience made him an ideal choice for the job.

"Craig McDermott, who took 291 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia between 1984 and 1996, was among a strong field of candidates from around the world," Brown said. McDormett also played 138 ODIs in which he took 203 wickets.

"His impressive record as an international player, during which he successfully overcame a number of setbacks, combined with his recent record at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence and with the Australia team in Bangladesh, all impressed us that he was the outstanding candidate for this role," Brown said.

"He will provide valuable support to the new Test Captain, Michael Clarke, coach Tim Nielsen, and the playing group," he added. Brown and Australian coach Tim Nielsen interviewed a number of local and overseas' candidates for the 12-month appointment. McDormett said he was looking forward to the challenge.

"It's great to be back as part of the Australian team set-up again and I can't wait to get started working with the bowlers and the rest of the team," McDermott said.

"We've got some challenging tours ahead in the coming months but I'm excited at the opportunity to be part of the group that helps get Australia back to number one in all forms of cricket." Brown said Langer has done well enough to deserve an extension.

"Justin's record as a player and then over the last 18 months, as coach, leader and mentor within the Australia team coaching group, speaks for itself and we are all delighted he has agreed to continue his outstanding work with the Australia team," Brown said.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to be an integral part of the resurgence of Australian cricket. I'm also thrilled at being able to take the next step in my development as a coach by being involved with such a committed and motivated group of people," added Langer.

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