McDonald excited as Australia add Vettori to Pakistan tour coaching staff

Australia’s interim head coach Andrew McDonald has a new look alongside him in Pakistan for the upcoming three-format tour.

McDonald took over the lead role following the departure of Justin Langer last month and quickly added two new staff members to the coaching staff, with Victoria assistant Andre Borovec and Blackcaps great Dan Vettori assisting the squad.

Vettori’s addition is particularly significant as Australian spin coach Sridharan Sriram failed to obtain a visa to enter Pakistan.

“It’s a new group of coaches, Andre Borovec has joined us, with the absence of Justin Langer, we’ve filled that additional role,” McDonald said on SEN 1170 Mornings.

“We are going to have Dan Vettori with us for the series of white balls which is also exciting in itself.”

While McDonald’s is delighted to add Vettori – a former IPL head coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore – he revealed Australia was disappointed not to be available to join staff for the long leg of the tour as well. .

“We tried to get it the whole time, but unfortunately the timelines didn’t work out,” McDonald revealed.

“His particular experience in the subcontinent, he can add white ball spinners to the game with just a different goal.

“His tactical acumen is the only thing that stands out for me, you hire someone for a short-term project, so it’s not really about changing too much, it’s about the tactics you see and the options you give players.

“I consider that to be one of his great strengths, I’ve worked with him before, so it’s always nice to have someone who knows your style and philosophy for a short-term contract. .he knows how I do it.”

With the Test series set to kick off on Friday, McDonald says neither he nor his staff are considering their long-term future in any role with the tour solely in mind.

He refused to entertain the idea of ​​remaining head coach beyond the series at the request of SEN host Gerard Whateley.

“I’m definitely going to shut it down, the focus is firmly on the players and we’re making sure we cover every base with the options we present,” McDonald replied.

“There’s really no time to think about anything other than the Test matches, One Dayers and the only T20 that’s ahead of us.

“After that, we can process what it all looks like in the background.

“But at this point, literally even with the coaching group, there’s no discussion of what it looks like beyond today, beyond tomorrow, beyond the first test. .

“It’s really a short-term goal.”

Australia’s test tour against Pakistan kicks off on Friday, while the white ball leg kicks off on March 29 with an ODI in Rawalpindi.