New Zealand legend's shock move to Aussie cricket coaching staff

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New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori (pictured) during training.
New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori (pictured) will join the Australian coaching staff ahead of the Sri Lanka Tour. (Getty Images)

Current Australia coach McDonald has Australia has welcomed New Zealand spin great Daniel Vettori to his staff as an assistant cricket coach.

Vettori made his Test debut for New Zealand at the age of 18 and went on to play 113 Test matches in a glittering career.

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The off-spinner took 362 wickets in Test matches and 305 in ODIs for his nation.

And now, Vettori and Victorian Andre Borovec have been confirmed as part of Australia's new-look coaching panel and will begin their roles next month in Sri Lanka.

Their recruitment follows Justin Langer's exit at the end of the summer, with McDonald moving from assistant to take charge of the men's team.

Fellow assistant Jeff Vaughan has also left the group, taking up the top job in Tasmania after a brief stint with the national side.

The other remaining assistant, Michael Divenuto, will stay on as a batting coach.

High-performance manager Ben Oliver praised Vettori's experience with the ball and said his contribution to the team will be immense.

"Daniel joined the Pakistan tour for the white-ball series and was warmly welcomed," Oliver said.

"His international experience in all forms of the game as a player and coach is almost unrivalled and his strategic insights, coaching approach and collaborative style will be invaluable for Andrew and the team."

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Borovec will also take charge of the Australia A team in Sri Lanka before the Test series.

He was a player and coach in Victorian Premier Cricket, having since worked in the BBL alongside McDonald at the Melbourne Renegades.

"Andre has been fantastic for the group when he has been involved as an extremely skilled and experienced high-performance coach," McDonald said.

Australia captain Pat Cummins (pictured right) walking off the field.
Australia captain Pat Cummins (pictured right) and the team will have a new-look coaching staff. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

"He is a great fit culturally and brings the skills to complement our high-performance specialists.

"I have worked with Daniel previously and could not speak more highly of his approach, work ethic and rapport he brings."

Cricket Australia also confirmed Nick Jones would join the group as the new physiotherapist and Mary Spillane as psychologist ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.

with AAP

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