Andrew McDonald has been announced as the new head coach of the Australian men’s cricket team.
- Andrew McDonald takes over from Justin Langer, who resigned after being offered a short-term contract
- McDonald has been signed to a four-year contract having been interim coach since February
- McDonald played four Tests for Australia, averaging 21.4 with the bat and 33.3 with the ball
The former Test all-rounder has signed a four-year contract after acting as the interim head coach since February.
He replaces Justin Langer, after the former opener resigned in February due to only being offered a short-term contract, despite leading the Australian teams to victory in the Ashes and the T20 World Cup.
McDonald has been with the national team since 2019, after leading Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades to victory in all three domestic tournaments during the 2018-19 season.
“The journey so far has been particularly pleasing, and I am honored to be given this incredible opportunity for what is an exciting period ahead,” McDonald said.
“The success of the World Cup, the Ashes Series and now Pakistan has been testament to the hard work and leadership of Justin, Pat and Aaron along with the players and the support staff.
“My plan is to build on the growth, depth and experience of the squad while working collectively with the group and across the game. There are many challenges in the short-term which I know excites the leadership group, the players and the staff. I’d also like to thank my family for their support. “
Trevor Bayliss and Jason Gillespie had both been considered as possible replacements for Langer, but Cricket Australia chief executive officer Nick Hockley said McDonald’s ability to lead the team to victory during the Pakistan Test series was proof he was the right person for the job.
“We interviewed several excellent candidates for this role, which is one of the most important in Australian sport,” Hockley said.
“Andrew has already shown he is an outstanding head coach and the vision he outlined for the role during the appointment process was both impressive and exciting, making him our clear choice.
“We are proud of the way the team played and the respect shown throughout the tour of Pakistan under the leadership of Andrew, Pat and Aaron and really pleased Andrew is taking on the role permanently.”
McDonald said the four-year contract was the appropriate length of time.
“It’s interesting in terms of it used to be just a cycle of four years. It was a cycle based around a World Cup or an ashes,” he said.
“There’s so many other things that are tied into it now. We’ve got the World Test Championship, we’ve got the ICC throwing more content in there around major events.
“So I feel as though that’s probably the right length to be able to shape and formulate that, and what looks like beyond that, that’s probably up to someone else to decide.”
McDonald said he was pleased Cricket Australia opted against splitting the role across different formats, after discussion about the possibility of separating the long- and short-format teams.
“The great challenge for coaches and players is to manage your workload,” he said.
“I’d like to think that I’ve got coaching staff around who can step up. We can elevate certain coaches at different times to take on different tours and different challenges.
“So some coaches will get exposed along the journey to help out the workload, which is quite significant for a head coach.
“Where it’s landed, [I’m] very comfortable, where it’s landed, and what it looks like. “