McDonald free to start as Aussie assistant

Scott Bailey
Andrew McDonald will join Justin Langer and his squad as early as next week

Andrew McDonald will be free to start as Australia's assistant coach for the first Test against Pakistan starting on November 21 with Victoria confirming he will be replaced as their coach next week.

Cricket Victoria announced on Wednesday assistant Lachlan Stevens would take over the men's team from next Tuesday's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland.

It means McDonald can in turn leave and begin as Justin Langer's national assistant following confirmation of his appointment last week without a start date.

Stevens has been an assistant at Victoria since 2015-16 and was previously Western Australia and Perth Scorchers head coach.

The former South Australian and Queensland batsman will start in an interim role at Victoria, while there is no replacement yet for McDonald as the Melbourne Renegades' head coach.

"It's a great chance to work in a different role for the rest of the season," Stevens said.

"We have a very talented group of players and as coaches and support staff our job is to get the best out of them individually and as a team."