Out: J. Langer
In: A. MacDonald
Cricket Australia is due to announce in the coming days that Andrew McDonald will replace Justin Lange as Australia’s men’s cricket coach.
MacDonald took over as interim coach following Langer’s resignation earlier this year and is expected to officially announce his successor in the coming days.
According to a report, McDonald’s was offered the job earlier this week, and it is now up to McDonald’s to decide whether to take on the role of principal.
Former Test Australia captain Michael Clarke praised the news and called it “fantastic”, but warned that players must now perform under McDonald’s.
“That’s exactly what the players want, there’s no question about that,” Clark said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
“If they don’t perform and Pat Cummins isn’t performing as captain at the moment, it’s going to put a lot of pressure on him. He’s fired Justin Lange. He’s come out and said that’s what the players want, he faces like and The captain’s player said we want Andrew MacDonald.
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“Everything goes its own way, it’s good if they win, but if you lose your sense of responsibility, it follows.”
If appointed, McDonald will train all three formats, though he may opt for the White Ball Tour.
The news doesn’t come as a surprise to those in cricket, with skipper Pat Cummins stating last month: “The boys love him very much”.
Clark’s recent comments simply reaffirmed his belief that McDonnell is the right man for the job, and the 41-year-old previously claimed that McDonnell’s attitude was exactly what players were looking for.
“If that’s the purpose of the right coach, lock Andrew MacDonald on a 20-year contract because ‘Mike’ is a good guy,” Clark said.
“He’s a great player but ‘Marca’ is a jet and he’s a great guy. He would be a great coach but if the team wants a good guy you can lock in. He’s on a 20 year contract because you won’t be get much better. Of course, JL’s resignation is what the players want. “