Former Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori has been appointed assistant coach of the Australian men’s cricket team.
He is one of two assistant coaches appointed to assist head coach Andrew McDonald who replaced Justin Langer in April.
Vettori retired from international cricket in 2014 after playing 113 Tests and 290 One-Day Internationals and then embarked on a coaching career.
He was the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL from 2014 to 2018 where he worked with McDonald.
Among his other coaching assignments, Vettori has also been with the Brisbane Heat Big Bash team and with the Bangladesh test team.
“I have worked with Daniel before and cannot speak highly enough of his approach, work ethic and rapport. His experience and balanced style is well documented. He fits in perfectly and will bring tremendous amount of knowledge to the team,” McDonald said.
Vettori did some coaching work with the team during their recent tour of Pakistan.
“I was really impressed with what I saw from the group in Pakistan in the way they approached preparation, planning and playing. It’s a very strong and unified group that has the potential to have a very rewarding and hopefully successful time.”
CA high performance manager Ben Oliver said Vettori has settled in well with the team over the past month.
“Daniel joined the Pakistan tour for the white ball series and was warmly welcomed. His international experience in all forms of the game as a player and coach is almost unmatched and his strategic insights, coaching approach and style collaboration will be invaluable to Andrew and the team.”
Vettori’s appointment as Australia manager comes shortly after former Black Caps team-mate Brendon McCullum was appointed as the new head coach of England Cricket’s Test team.