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Former Australia head coach Tim Neilsen has been appointed as South Australia’s new general manager of high performance.
Neilsen will replace Jamie Cox, who was fired by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) for breaching the Big Bash League (BBL) recruitment rules.
Prior to being appointed as SACA’s general manager of high performance, Neilsen was their talent manager.
“Tim’s experience with the national side and his intimate knowledge of the state system made him the standout candidate,” SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said. “We had an outstanding field of applicants and are delighted to appoint Tim to this role; he will hit the ground running this week.
“The selection process has given us an opportunity to look at our procedures and structures and the ability to challenge the way we operated in our high performance area.”
Neilsen stated that his main focus for the time being would be to ensure that South Australia enjoy a lot more success in the Sheffield Shield this year after they finished third last season.
“Our underage teams have led the way nationally over the past two years and our women’s team, the Scorpions, enjoyed great improvement last year,” Nielsen said. “We have experienced more success in the Sheffield Shield and I believe that we can achieve the ultimate goal with this group.
“We have fantastic people in our high performance department from our coaching staff, to performance analysts and physios. I want to ensure that at all levels of cricket, South Australia has a long-term period of sustained success, developing elite first-class cricketers and turning them into Australian players.”