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McDonald named head coach of Australian cricket team

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) – Andrew McDonald has been named head coach of the Australian men’s cricket team on a four-year contract.

Cricket Australia said yesterday that McDonald’s contract had been made permanent after serving as interim coach since Justin Langer did not agree to a short-term contract renewal in February.

“The journey so far has been particularly pleasing, and I am honored to be given this incredible opportunity for what is an exciting period ahead,” said McDonald, who was the favourite to secure the job fulltime after Australia’s 1-0 test series win in Pakistan.

McDonald joined Australia’s coaching team in 2019 after leading Victoria state and the Melbourne Renegades to all three domestic competition titles during the 2018-19 season.

The former test all-rounder has also held head coaching roles in the Indian Premier League and in English county cricket. He had been senior assistant coach with Langer since joining the Australian team.

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