McDermott to step down as Australia coach after T20 WC

McDermott back to Australia's coaching staff
Craig McDermott, assistant coach of the
Australian cricket team, will step down from
his position at the end of the T20 WC 2016,
Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday
(March 1). The former Australian quick, who
began his second stint with the national side
in 2013, will now turn his focus to the
coaching and operations of the Craig
McDermott International Cricket Academy
(CMICA).
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time working for
Cricket Australia," McDermott was quoted as
saying by cricket.com.au . "It's been a thrill to
have been able to help the players reach their
potential, and to see them achieve such feats
as the 5-0 Ashes win at home, defeating
South Africa in South Africa and winning last
year's World Cup. I'd love nothing more than
to finish this stint with victory in the T20 WC
in India.
"Looking ahead I've decided that the time is
right to really focus on my academy business
which is continuing to grow as well as
pursuing some other business opportunities I
have away from the game. And if time
presents, I'll also look at some coaching
consultancy work in various competitions
around the world. I will certainly miss the
Australian team, and wish the players and
coaches every success in the future," he said.
McDermott's relationship with cricket board
post his playing career started with what was
then the Center of Excellence. He was then
named bowling coach of the national side in
May 2011, a position he relinquished the
following year due to workload concerns. When
Darren Lehmann took over as head coach in
2013, he brought back McDermott to his staff
of coaches. The 50-year-old pacer oversaw
some of Australia's most successful moments
in recent history - including the 4-0 home
series win against India in 2011-12, the Test
series victories over England and South Africa
in the summer of 2013-14 and the 2015 World
Cup.
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