MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andrew McDonald has been named head coach of the Australian men’s cricket team on a four-year contract.
Cricket Australia said on Wednesday that McDonald’s contract had been made permanent after serving as caretaker coach as Justin Langer failed to agree to a short-term contract renewal in February.
“The trip so far has been especially enjoyable, and I am honored to have this incredible opportunity for what is an exciting time ahead,” said McDonald, who was the favorite to land the full-time position after the Australia’s 1-0 win in the Test series in Pakistan.
McDonald joined the Australian coaching staff in 2019 after leading Victoria State and the Melbourne Renegades to three domestic competition titles in the 2018-19 season.
The versatile former Test player has also held head coaching roles in the Indian Premier League and English County cricket. He had been a senior assistant coach with Langer since joining the Australian team.
McDonald, who returned last week from the three-Test tour of Pakistan, also led Australia to a 2-1 defeat in the one-day series and victory in the only T20 International.
“We have interviewed several excellent candidates for this position, which is one of the most important in Australian sport,” said Nick Hockley, chief executive of Cricket Australia.
“Andrew has already shown he is an exceptional head coach and the vision he outlined for the role during the nomination process was both impressive and exciting, making him our clear choice.”
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