Bichel feels as if a former international pace bowler should be the new bowling coach
Former Australian pace bowler Andy Bichel has revealed that he has no interest in becoming the nation’s new bowling coach due to the unforgiving international schedule, but did mention that he wanted a former international bowler to fill the spot.
Cricket Australia, where Bichel is one of the selectors currently, are now advertising the bowling coach job to all applicants after Craig McDermott resigned due to the gruelling tour demands.
“I got down to the last four last time and it’s hard because it’s something I’d love to do, but 230 days away from home is a long time on the road. I got to the interview last time and was asked if I could commit [to the touring schedule] and I said no,” Bichel said.
While being on the selection panel for Cricket Australia, Bichel is also the bowling coach for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Bichel, who represented Australia in 19 Tests and 67 ODIs, believes that the new bowling coach should be able to relate to the growing number of pace bowlers that are coming into the team.
“With so many young guys coming through the system, I think you need someone who has played international cricket and who can teach them the stuff in the middle more than the technical stuff, how to get people out. That was one of the great bonuses with Craig,” he said.
Tasmanian assistant coach Allister de Winter and New Zealand national bowling coach Damien Wright are among the leading candidates for the job, but both of them never played in their country’s national team.