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“Steve has made an outstanding contribution to Australian cricket over a long period of time and played an important role with the national team since 2011”
Australia have decided to axe senior assistant coach Steve Rixon ahead of their highly-anticipated tour of South Africa, which gets underway on February 5.
Head coach Darren Lehmann played a part in the decision to terminate Rixon and stated that he was looking to hire specialist consultants like Shane Warne, who will coach the national team’s spinners in preparation for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.
“I’ve taken the opportunity to look at our current coaching structure and the levels of support I feel we need moving into the future,” Lehmann said. “I’ve mentioned previously that I believe our players can really benefit from more dedicated skill-based training, which means more regular support from technical experts to help work on specific areas of performance.
“This will see various coaches and experts in their field working with the team as and when it is needed. In recent times that’s included people like Mike Young to work on fielding while Shane Warne is going to work with our spinners in a short-term capacity ahead of the ICC World Twenty 20.
“These changes to how we support our players means it is no longer necessary to have a full-time assistant coach travelling with the team. Steve has made an outstanding contribution to Australian cricket over a long period of time and played an important role with the national team since 2011.”