Australia news: Aaron Finch lauds calming influence of stand-in coach
Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch hailed the “calm” approach Andrew McDonald brings to the team as the interim coach.
McDonald has emerged among the favourites to take over from Justin Langer.
The highly-regarded McDonald, who has served as assistant to Langer since 2019, will lead the side during their Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.
McDonald took charge after Langer abruptly left last weekend, having failed to secure the public support of key players despite guiding Australia to an emphatic 4-0 Ashes victory over England and a maiden T20 World Cup title.
Disgruntled players had complained anonymously to local media over recent months about Langer’s intense management style. In contrast, Finch sang the praises of McDonald as someone who “never gets flustered”.
“He brings a lot of respect from the players (and) he has a calm approach,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“He never seems to get flustered by any situation or result — it’s all about the process and making sure your preparation and attention to detail is 100 percent.
“He’s been around the team for quite a while now, so it’s exciting times.”
Team needed ‘more collaborative’ coach than Justin Langer says Pat Cummins
Finch would also laud the sterling job Langer has done since taking over after the infamous “Sandpaper-gate” ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.
“As a playing group we couldn’t thank him enough and I know personally, the amount of work he’s done for me as a batter, as a person, as a leader has been fantastic,” he said.
Finch echoed the view of Test captain Pat Cummins, however, stressing that the new coach needed to take a more collaborative approach and seek advice from senior players.
“I think the group is in a really different space from four years ago,” he said.
“I think it’s quite an experienced group so there’ll be a lot of opinions and there’s going to be a lot of people who want to be consulted and to talk through different scenarios, and I think that’s a really good place to start.”
The T20I series against Sri Lanka is set to get underway on Friday and will likely act as an audition for the top job for McDonald.
Opening batter Ben Duckett backed to thrive long-term in second England chance
Since his recall late last year, Duckett has been the model opening batter for the regime under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
Alex Hartley: Taking indefinite break from cricket was ‘hardest decision’ ever
Hartley announced on her BBC No Balls Podcast on Friday that she had been “struggling mentally” for several months.
England will keep embracing risks during Ashes despite ‘blip’ – Daryl Mitchell
England have enjoyed some rousing successes since Ben Stokes and Kiwi favourite Brendon McCullum took over the Test team.
Australia captain Meg Lanning ruled out of women’s Ashes
Cricket Australia said the 31-year-old has been ‘withdrawn from the squad due to a medical issue’.
Sean Abbott equals Blast record with stunning century for Surrey
The Australian equalled his compatriot Andrew Symonds by scoring a century from just 34 deliveries.
Six former Yorkshire players sanctioned by CDC in Azeem Rafiq racism case
Gary Ballance, Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, Andrew Gale, John Blain and Richard Pyrah have been handed combined fines of £22,000.
Cricket Ireland defends decision to rest Josh Little for England Test
The 23-year-old left-armer is one of Irish cricket’s hottest properties.
On this day in 2015: England hire Trevor Bayliss as head coach
Bayliss led England to World Cup glory in 2019.
Jason Roy looks Los Angeles-bound but says ‘I never will walk away from England’
The batter has had to cancel the remainder of his current incremental contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Chris Wood warns wounded Hampshire cannot rely on repeat of ‘freak’ 2022 season
The south-coast county won 12 out of 13 matches after losing their first four to lift the Blast title last season.