The Australian Cricket Board has roped in Jeff Vaughan and Michael Di Venuto as the assistant coaches to incumbent head coach Justin Langer. The Tigers off-field duo has been added to strengthen the coaching department of the Australian cricket team. The duo will act as a replacement for the previous batting coach Graeme Hick, who was appointed in 2016.
Jeff Vaughan has made large strides in the coaching department in the last few years. Having been appointed coach of Tasmania’s Marsh Sheffield Shield team in 2019-20, he was installed as coach of the Tigers’ Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup outfits the following summer.
“Naturally, it’s been a difficult decision,” Vaughan said of severing his ties with Tasmania. “We have established a strong culture here at the Tigers and feel the team is really where it needs to be for ongoing and sustained success at a domestic level.
“However, just like for the majority of cricketers, as coaches, we aim to reach the highest level in our roles, and this was an opportunity that was just too good not to put my hand up for.
“The entire playing group here (Tasmania) has been fantastic to work with and I’m thrilled I’ll still get to work with some of the guys in the national set-up.”
Michael Di Venuto, on the other hand, has previously served as assistant to the former head coach, Darren Lehmann and is highly regarded by many in the national set-up.
Australia is scheduled to play five T20s and three-match ODI series against West Indies, starting from 9th July 2021.
Australia squad against West Indies: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Nathan Ellils, Tanveer Sangha.