Cricket Australia hire Hick

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Former England batsman Graeme Hick has been appointed Cricket Australia's new high performance coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Former England batsman Graeme Hick has been appointed Cricket Australia's new high performance coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Hick will replace ex-Test cricketer Stuart Law, who has since become Queensland's new head coach. The job will largely focus on the development of the A and Under-19 teams.

"Over the years I have developed a huge amount of respect for Australian cricket and the Baggy Green. I am excited about the chance to work with Australia's young talent and being able to assist in their growth and development. This is going to be a great challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to," said Hick.

The Zimbabwe-born Hick played 65 Tests and 120 ODIs between 1991 and 2001, before retiring from first-class cricket in 2008 to work as a consultant with the Australian Institute of Sport.

"Graeme knows what it takes to compete at the top level and has had many years' experience playing in different conditions, which will be vital to the development of our young batters," added CA's executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard.

"He will complement the specialist skills with Troy Cooley and Tim Coyle who are responsible for our fast bowling and fielding programs respectively, as well as all national coaching staff in our pathway system including Darren Lehmann."

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