Australian coach McDonald picks New Zealand legend Vettori as his assistant

New Australian cricket coach Andrew McDonald has chosen New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori as one of his two new lieutenants.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced the names of former Black Caps skipper Vettori and highly regarded Australian Andre Borovec as new assistant coaches.

Vettori and Borovec will begin their roles next month ahead of the Australian tour of Sri Lanka, with the duo getting their upgrades to replace outgoing assistant Jeff Vaughan and newly promoted McDonald.

Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia and New Zealand share a healthy rivalry in cricket and rugby and McDonald’s decision to take on Vettori might come as a surprise to many.

However, former Kiwi spinner Vettori worked alongside McDonald’s in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Royal Challengers Bangalore, while the couple recently cemented their working relationship when Vettori worked with Australia on the white ball component of the historic tour of Pakistan, said a report on the ICC website.

“I’ve worked with Daniel before and I can’t speak highly enough of his approach, his work ethic and the rapport he brings,” McDonald said, as quoted by Australian media.

“His experience and balanced style is well documented. He is a perfect fit and will bring a huge amount of knowledge to the team.”

Vettori said he was eager to start his new role.

“I was really impressed with what I saw from the group in Pakistan in how they approached preparation, planning and playing,” he said.

“It’s a very strong and unified group that has the potential to have a very rewarding and hopefully successful time.”

Borovec also worked alongside McDonald’s, with the pair having struck up a domestic relationship with Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades.

“André has been fantastic for the group when he’s been involved as an extremely capable and experienced high performance coach,” McDonald said. “He adapts perfectly to the culture and brings the necessary skills to complement our high performance specialists.”

McDonald will work alongside batting coach Michael Di Venuto, rotation coach Sridharan Sriram, a former Indian player and former Australian speedster Clint McKay during the white ball portion of the series, with Vettori and Borovec fronting next. start once test matches and series A. start.

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