Tasmanian Allister de Winter named new Oz bowling coach

Updated: Aug 03, 2012, 18:56 PM IST

Sydney: Tasmanian cricketer Allister de Winter has been named the new bowling coach of the Australian cricket team.

De Winter, who is currently head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes KFC T20 Big Bash League side and assistant coach of the Tasmanian Tigers, said that he was excited about the opportunity.

“I am particularly excited to get this chance, particularly now as Australia has such a deep pool of fast bowling talent with 10-12 young bowlers featuring at the moment,” News.com.au quoted De Winter, as saying.

“There is a great group of young bowlers coming through to complement the experienced names who are also performing well,” he added.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of team performance Pat Howard also said he was thrilled with the appointment.

"We’re very pleased to have secured Ali’s services for the role from a wide field of international candidates. We feel Ali has skills that will complement those of Mickey Arthur, Justin Langer and Steve Rixon and is well equipped to pick-up on Craig McDermott’s previous good work," he said.

CA hope to have De Winter, who played 21 first class matches and 10 List A matches for Tasmania between 1986 and 1993, on the VB Tour of the United Arab Emirates, where Australia will play Afghanistan and Pakistan, the report said.