Former opener Michael Di Venuto has been confirmed as Australia's new batting coach.
Di Venuto's full-time role will begin with this month's four-Test series in India, although he held the job on in an unofficial capacitiy during the recent Tests and ODIs against Sri Lanka.
"We are delighted to have Michael on board," said coach Mickey Arthur. "We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table, as well as a wealth of experience in first-class cricket.
"We felt it was important that the appointed person had demonstrated coaching experience. Michael spent some time around the Test squad while we were in Hobart and again during the ODIs we were impressed with the way he went about his work and we look forward to him joining us on a full-time basis."
The 39-year-old Di Venuto, who played 336 first-class games, 302 domestic one-day games, 54 Twenty20 games and nine ODIs, has replaced ex-opener Justin Langer, who resigned as the national batting coach in late 2012 to become head coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.