Sydney: The split captaincy across three formats has been a practise among international cricket teams for some time but Cricket Australia (CA) now is toying with the idea of having different coaches in different formats.
CA isn’t ruling out appointment of different head coaches for different formats in future, but insists Darren Lehmann will retain control of the Test and limited-overs teams for the moment.
The decision to divide the bowling coach’s roles between Craig McDermott (Tests) and Ali de Winter (shorter forms) raised speculation that CA would follow the lead of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which placed coaching director Andy Flower in charge of the Test team and handed responsibility for the one-day team to former spinner Ashley Giles.
But CA’s immediate plan is to keep giving Lehmann occasional breaks from touring, as it has done for the current ODI series in India, where assistant coach Steve Rixon is in charge.
“We never count anything out but to be honest as you’ve seen with Steve Rixon in India,” Pat Howard said.