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Di Venuto is batting coach

Calcutta: Former one-day International cricketer Michael Di Venuto has been appointed Australia’s batting coach.

Di Venuto is the permanent replacement for former Test opener Justin Langer.

Di Venuto, who is currently an assistant coach for the Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes, will stand-down from the role to take up his new position ahead of Australia’s tour of India. Australia have lost a wealth of experience from the middle-order of their batting line-up with the recent retirements of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey but have little time to bed-in replacements. With a four-Test tour of India followed by back-to-back Ashes series this year, the frequent fragility of Australia’s top-order will also once again come under scrutiny.

“We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table, as well as a wealth of experience in first-class cricket,” coach Mickey Arthur said in a media release.