McDermott contracted as assistant coach

Australia

The veteran Craig McDermott's tenure with Australia's coaching staff has been lengthened by two years.

The veteran Craig McDermott's tenure with Australia's coaching staff has been lengthened by two years.

A new contract has effectively seen McDermott promoted from fast bowling coach to assistant coach.

The extension will see McDermott mentor the country's fast bowlers during the 2015 World Cup.

"I feel like we've got a really good group at the moment. While all the guys are playing well, it's really been great to build this close bond with them all," said McDermott.

"The boys call it the fast bowling cartel, but we also let spinner Nathan Lyon in – and we're all really motivated to keep that going.

"I'm also looking forward to taking on more responsibility and to work closely with head coach Darren Lehmann to broaden my coaching skills and alongside batting coach Michael Di Venuto to ensure we're a well-oiled coaching unit."

Erstwhile seamer Ali de Winter had been hired to look after the bowlers in ODI and Twenty20 International cricket, but will now work alongside McDermott, largely at the National Cricket Centre – and tour occasionally.

"Craig has built a really strong rapport with the bowling group," added team performance manager Pat Howard. "Combine that with the international experience and technical expertise that Craig brings and it has proved a successful combination in recent times and we're keen to see that continue and for Craig to continue to grow and develop as a coach."

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