Australia has added two former Aussie allrounders – Shelley Nitschke and Ashley Noffke – to the role of as assistant coaches for the next two World T20s.
In addition, Nitschke will add her support to Leah Poulton with the Women’s National Performance Squad and will also assist on all domestic and international tours, as well as high-performance camps.
‘I’m delighted to have Shelley and Ashley join the coaching group for the next two years. They both bring extensive playing experience to the group, which will be invaluable. I’m looking forward to seeing them build on the strong foundation that former assistants Joe Dawes and Tim Coyle have laid,’ said Mott.
‘Shelley has an impressive coaching resume and had a really positive impact on the group during the tour to India. She knows the women’s game inside out and is a great asset for our programs.’
During a career that stretched from 2005 till 2011 Nitschke picked up 153 wickets in all formats while also adding 3118 runs. At the time of her retirement she was the top-ranked female all-rounder and in 2010 she was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
Noffke’s Aussie honours were limited to just a single ODI (2008) as well as two T20Is. He also retired from first-class cricket in 2011 season, going on to join the Queensland support staff in the role of bowling coach.
The Australian team has enjoyed good form, trouncing India 3-0 in an away-series ODI, and then winning the T20 tri-series against India and England.