Graeme Hick, previous England Test player, has been selected Australia’s specialist batting coach until 2020. The 50-year-old was selected as Cricket Australia’s elite mentor in 2013 and will now be faced with tackling the team’s batting problems abroad, especially in seaming states of the UK and turning pitches of the subcontinent.
Amid a global vocation crossing 10 years from 1991-2001, Hick played 65 Tests and 120 ODIs for England however had a fabulous First-Class record scoring 136 centuries t an average of 52.23.
Hick said it was a privilege to be entrusted in the role. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my current role with Cricket Australia and have worked with some great young up and coming players,” he said on Thursday (September 15). “To take the next step up with the men’s team and getting the opportunity to work with some of the best players in the world is something I am really looking forward to.”
Australia head coach Darren Lehmann welcomed the appointment of Hick. “Graeme Hick worked with us during the recent ODI tour in the West Indies and we were really impressed with what he brought to the group,” he said. “He is a very experienced player in all conditions and will bring a wealth of knowledge with him.
“With an ICC Champions Trophy, Ashes Series and ICC World Cup all to be played in England in the near future, his knowledge of those conditions will also be invaluable,” Lehmann added.
Greg Blewett will come back to his part as fielding coach subsequent to filling in as batting coach taking after the departure of Michael di Venuto prior this year to fill a head coach role with English county side Surrey. Hick will start his new role with upcoming home Test Series against South Africa.