Shelly Nitschke appointed Australia Women's head coach
Shelly Nitschke named Australia women’s new head coach
Shelly Nitschke has been appointed as the head coach of the Australian women’s team. The 45 year old who had served as the interim coach following the end of Matthew Mott’s tenure after the 2022 World Series, has been a part of the setup since joining as an assistant under Mott in 2018.
Besides being at the helm throughout Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold medal winning campaign, Nitschke had also worked as the head coach of Perth and led them to their maiden title last season. She will continue to be the head coach of the Perth franchise for the forthcoming season of the Women’s Australian T20 League before bowing out.
Nitschke has played 6 tests, 80 ODIs and 36 T20Is during her seven year international career spanning from 2004 to 2011, has taken several coaching roles with South Australia and Adelaide since her retirement.
Following Nitsche’s appointment, the hunt for the assistant coach has begun and will continue with the inputs from Nitschke.
Speaking on the appointment,The Executive General Manager of High Performance & National Teams, Ben Oliver said We're delighted to appoint Shelley as head coach of our world champion women's team. She did an outstanding job in an interim capacity during the Commonwealth Games and was the clear standout candidate in the recruitment process.
"Shelley is an incredibly well-respected coach with a proven track record. She knows what it takes to be successful at an international level and brings significant coaching and playing experience to the role. "She's been a great mentor for the spin group since joining as an assistant in 2018, helping develop them into some of the world's leading bowlers, and we look forward to seeing what the team can achieve with Shelley at the helm.”
Nitschke added, "I'm honoured to have been given this opportunity to lead the team full-time and to continue to build on the legacy created by Matthew Mott. While I enjoyed my time working as assistant coach, I feel the time is right to step up and lead this group in what's shaping as a new era with a new-look coaching group and the retirement of Rachael Haynes.
"The loss of Rach (Rachel Haynes) will no doubt be felt, but it presents a great opportunity for others to put their hands up both from a leadership perspective as well as with the bat and in the field. Our challenge is to ensure the team continues to evolve; we've seen teams like India take their game to the next level and it's important that the players feel they have the support they need to keep getting better every day.
"Our team continues to go from strength to strength and I'm excited to see what this group can achieve next; there's some important cricket on the horizon including the Women's T20 World Series in February and away Ashes next winter, so it's a great time to be involved."
Australia's five-match T20I tour of India will be Nitschke's first task, followed by a home bilateral series against Pakistan in January to complete Australia's preparations for the Women's T20 World Series in South Africa in February.
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