Shelley Nitschke will serve as the head coach of the Australian women’s national cricket team for the next four years, as was revealed by Cricket Australia upon her nomination to the position. The 45-year-old was selected as temporary head coach when Matthew Mott went to England in May. During this time, he led the Australian team to victory in a tri-series competition held in Ireland and to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Since 2018, Nitschke has served as Australia’s assistant coach, making him the clear front-runner for the position of a full-time coach. Nitschke, who is widely regarded as one of the finest all-rounders in the world, made her debut for Australia in 2004, when she was 28 years old. Since then, she has competed in a total of 80 one-day internationals, 36 twenty-minute internationals, and six tests. Nitschke is now serving as the head coach of the Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). She previously held the same position when she was employed by the nation.
She is going to continue her relationship with the squad until the conclusion of the forthcoming season, at which point she is going to put an end to her time with the club and begin her duties with the national team. In 2011, Nitschke announced her retirement from playing cricket at the international level. Since then, she has been involved in a variety of coaching roles, including those with South Australia, the Adelaide Strikers, and Cricket Australia.
“I’m grateful to have been given the chance to lead the team full-time and to keep building on what Matthew Mott started. I enjoyed my time as an assistant coach, but I think it’s time for me to step up and lead this group into a new era since Rachael Haynes is retiring and the coaching staff is changing,” Nitschke said.
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