Cricket Australia on Thursday appointed Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughn as assistant coaches of the men’s national team, a year after cutting staff to deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The duo will join head coach Justin Langer’s full-time coaching staff ahead of a busy summer that includes the ashes series, Test against Afghanistan and white ball matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, said in a statement by Cricket Australia.
Both have experience as vacant coaches and are seen as a replacement for Graham Hick, who was fired last year as part of Cricket Australia’s cost-cutting efforts, which have led to 40 people losing their jobs.
Di Venuto, 47, who has played nine ODIs and played 336 first-graders, 302 rosters A and 54 T20 games during a distinguished 16-year career, is currently on the Australian team in Saint Lucia for the Western T20I and ODI tour. India.
He previously worked with the Australian men’s team as a wad coach before leading Suri to his first English county title in 16 years in 2018. He returned to Australia in 2020 and worked with the Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmania. .
“I spent some time around the band last month and I was really happy to be back with them,” Di Venuto said.
Vaughn represents South Australia in 28 first-class matches and 24 Schedule A matches. The 47-year-old has been appointed head coach of the Marsh Sheffield teams in Tasmania and the 2020 One-Day March Cup.
“Joining the Australian men’s team as an assistant coach is the most important thing in my career so far and I look forward to contributing to the team’s success,” Vaughn said.
Langer said he looks forward to working with the duo.
“They are exceptional coaches and leaders in their respective fields. They will add so much experience and value to this group. We are very excited to have both on board,” Langer added.