Cricket: Andrew McDonald reacts to the appointment of Australia’s head coach

Andrew McDonald has taken over from Justin Langer

Andrew McDonald has taken over from Justin Langer (Photo: Getty)

Andrew McDonald says he is ‘honored’ to have been appointed head coach of Australia’s men’s cricket team.

The former all-rounder has signed a four-year contract with Cricket Australia and replaces Justin Langer, who left the role in February after rejecting a short-term contract extension.

McDonald has been part of Australia’s coaching staff since 2019 and took charge of the team on a temporary basis for the recent tour of Pakistan.

“I am honored to have this incredible opportunity for an exciting period ahead,” McDonald said.

‘The journey so far has been extremely joyful. My plan is to build on the squad’s growth, depth and experience while working collectively with the group and across the game. ‘

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley, meanwhile, added: ‘Andrew has already shown that he is an excellent head coach and the vision he outlined for the roles was both impressive and exciting.

McDonald replaces Justin Langer, who left the role in February

Langer left the role in February (Photo: Getty)

‘We are proud of the way the team played and the respect shown throughout the Pakistani tour under the leadership of Andrew, Pat [Cummins] and Aaron [Finch]. ‘

Former Australian coach Langer led the team T20 World Cup title and a 4-0 victory in the ashes at home, but it is said that the players became more and more dissatisfied with his leadership style.

Baggy Green legends Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden were among those who took issue with CA’s treatment of Langer as the team had just won the World Cup and the ashes.

McDonald, 40, previously led the Victoria and Melbourne Renegades to all three domestic titles during the 2018-19 season and has trained in the UK with Leicestershire and India with the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.

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