Former New Zealand Test spinner Daniel Vettori will move full-time to the Australian cricket setup after being named one of Andrew McDonald’s two new assistant coaches. Vettori and Victorian Andre Borovec have been confirmed in Australia’s new coaching panel and will begin their duties next month in Sri Lanka.
Their recruitment follows the departure of Justin Langer at the end of the summer, with McDonald moving up to assistant manager of the men’s team. Fellow assistant Jeff Vaughan also left the group, taking Tasmania’s top job after a brief stint with the national side. The other remaining assistant, Michael Divvenuto, will stay on as batting coach.
Vettori, New Zealand’s all-time leading spinner, worked with Australia on the white ball leg of the recent Pakistan tour. But the move to a full-time role marks his most serious involvement in Australian cricket having previously coached the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.
“Daniel joined the Pakistan tour for the white ball series and was warmly welcomed,” said high performance manager Ben Oliver. “His international experience in all forms of the game as a player and coach is almost unrivaled and his strategic insights, coaching approach and collaborative style will be invaluable to Andrew and the team.”
Borovec will also take charge of the Australian A team in Sri Lanka ahead of the test series. He was a player and coach for Victorian Premier Cricket, having since worked in the BBL alongside McDonald at the Melbourne Renegades.
“André has been fantastic for the group when he’s been involved as an extremely capable and experienced high performance coach,” McDonald said. “He adapts perfectly to the culture and brings the necessary skills to complement our high performance specialists. I’ve worked with Daniel before and I can’t say enough good things about his approach, his work ethic and the rapport he brings.
Cricket Australia have also confirmed that Nick Jones will join the group as new physiotherapist and Mary Spillane as psychologist ahead of the Sri Lanka tour. After 12 years on the job, ex-physio David Beakley was sacked just before the Pakistan tour in March.