Cricket Australia has appointed Shelly Nitschke as the head coach of the Australia Women’s team. The Australian board made the announcement on Tuesday. Nitschke who had served as the interim head coach of the Australia Women’s team after Matthew Mott stepped down from the role after the end of the T20 World Cup 2022 has been a part of the coaching setup since joining as an assistant coach under Mott in 2018.
Notably, Nitschke was at the helm of Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning campaign. Not only did Nitschke help Australia Women’s team to lift their maiden CWG 2022 trophy but also she coached Perth Scorchers to WBBL 2021 title win. She will continue to be the head coach of Perth Scorchers for the WBBL 2022-23 before stepping down.
Speaking on her appointment, Ben Oliver, Executive General Manager, High Performance & National Teams 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 honored 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 an 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.”
“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 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February and away Ashes next winter, so it’s a great time to be involved.”
Highlights of Shelly Nitschke Celebrated Career:
Nitschke has featured in 6 Tests, 80 ODIs, and 36 T20Is through the course of her seven-year international career from 2004 to 2011. After calling time on her career, Nitschke has held various coaching roles with South Australia and Adelaide Strikers. Cricket Australia has already started the recruitment process for the vacant role of the assistant coach & will appoint a candidate for the position with input from Nitschke.
Shelly Nitschke’s first assignment as Australia Women’s team head coach will be Australia’s T20I tour of India in December followed by a home bilateral series against Pakistan in January to wrap up Australia’s preparations ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February in South Africa.
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