Shelley Nitschke, the former left-arm spinner, has been appointed the assistant coach of the Australia Women’s side and will officially take up the full-time role from June 25.
She will also assist Leah Poulton, her former teammate, in developing the next generation of Australian players as part of the Women’s National Performance Squad, Cricket Australia said on Friday (May 18). Nitschke was also appointed the coach for the women’s Aboriginal XI squad that will tour England in June to commemorate 150 years since the 1868 Aboriginal visit to the United Kingdom.
“I got the news a week or so ago. It’s a really good opportunity for me and I am looking forward to it,” said Nitschke, who is also the assistant coach of Adelaide Strikers in the Women’s Big Bash League. “It’s the little things you pick up as a player that you want to pass on.”
Nitschke, who played 132 international matches for Australia across three formats in a career spanning from 2004 to 2011, will report to Matthew Mott, the head coach.
Nitschke’s appointment was along expected lines, since she had been with the Australian team helping out bowlers during their recent tour of India where they beat the home side 3-0 in the One-Day International series and collected all six possible points to strengthen their position as the joint No.1 team on the ICC Women’s Championship table. They also beat England in the final of the Twenty20 International triangular series in Mumbai to cap off a successful tour.
Watched how she went about things in the recent India tour, heard how the players talked about her and know how she played the game. Brilliant appointment which will help the @SouthernStars build on their successful legacy. https://t.co/zWIJdaL4hR
— Mel 'MJ' Jones (@meljones_33) May 18, 2018
Nitschke, who took 98 ODI wickets and hit an unbeaten 113 as her highest score in the format, was part of the team that beat India in the 2005 World Cup final in South Africa.
She will work alongside Ashley Noffke, who is also an assistant coach with the women’s team. Noffke, a right-arm fast bowler who represented the Australian men’s team in three matches, will be the assistant coach for all domestic and international tours, as well as for high performance camps.
Nitschke and Noffke fill the positions vacated by Joe Dawes and Tim Coyle following Australia’s successful Ashes campaign at home last year.