Di Venuto will be looking to cut down the number of mistakes the Australian batsmen make against the Indian spinners
Former Australia ODI batsman Michael Di Venuto, who is considered to be one of the greatest international players to play in the English county league, has been named as the country’s new batting coach.
The 39-year-old has already taken up the post and is currently helping the Australian batsmen with their preparations for the second Test against India in Hyderabad.
Di Venuto’s knowledge of English conditions will come in handy when Australia travel there for the back-to-back Ashes series, which is scheduled to take place later this year.
The former Australian batsman spent more than a decade playing first-class cricket for counties like Sussex, Derbyshire and Durham, which was where he ended his domestic career in July 2012.
Di Venuto’s full-time appointment comes after former batting coach Justin Langer left to become the head coach of the Western Australia side.
Cricket Australia also experimented with former Test batsmen Stuart Law and Dean Jones, but decided to employ Di Venuto after he was deemed to be a more suitable batting mentor after having spent more than a decade playing first-class cricket overseas.
“We are delighted to have Michael on board,” Australia coach Mickey Arthur said. “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. This aligns with our coaching pathway plans which is an Argus review recommendation. Michael spent some time around the Test squad while we were in Hobart … we were impressed with the way he went about his work and we look forward to him joining us on a full-time basis.”
Despite scoring 25,200 first-class runs, Di Venuto’s international career was limited to just nine ODIs after Adam Gilchrist’s rise to prominence cost him his place as an opener.
Di Venuto recently represented Italy, which is his country of origin, in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 qualifiers.