Craig McDermott returns as Australia’s Test bowling coach

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Australia enjoyed a lot of success during McDermott’s stint as bowling coach in 2011-12

Former Australia pace bowler Craig McDermott has returned to mentor the national team’s seamers ahead of the first Ashes Test against arch-rivals England on November 21 in Brisbane.

McDermott’s return means that his successor, Ali de Winter, will now be Australia’s bowling coach only during ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.

During his stint as bowling coach in 2011-12, McDermott advised Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris and Ben Hilfenhaus to keep pitching the ball up, upon where they enjoyed a lot of success as Australia went on to beat Sri Lanka, the West Indies and India.

They also drew against South Africa and New Zealand.

However, the biggest achievement for Australia during that period of success was the fact that they regularly took 20 wickets throughout a majority of the Test matches they played.

However, since McDermott’s departure, Australia have hit rock bottom as they were whitewashed 4-0 in India before being thrashed 3-0 by England in the first leg of the Ashes series.

“Appointing coaches to specific roles is something the Team Performance Department has been considering for some time,” Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard said. “Given the amount of cricket played now in all three forms of the game, we’ve been considering our coaching structure to get the best out of the players across the various formats.

“We also feel that with the amount of touring now it is extremely difficult for every member of the support staff to be on every tour. As we’ve seen in more recent times we’ve swapped our support staff at particular moments to ensure everyone is fresh and energised and the feedback on that has been very positive.”

Despite not being in charge of Australia’s bowling attack in Test matches anymore, de Winter revealed that he was pleased with his new role as he would be able to focus on the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year and the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

“I enjoy both forms of the limited overs game and welcome the challenge of working with the bowlers on specific preparation and tactical awareness for each of these formats,” de Winter said. “We have some work to do between now and each of the world events and I’m looking forward to focussing on contributing to returning Australia to the number 1 ranking in T20 and ODI cricket.”

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