Shelley Nitschke has been named head coach of the Australian women’s squad
Shelley Nitschke has been named head coach of the women’s national team by Cricket Australia, a position she will hold for the next four years. After Matthew Mott went to England in May, the 45-year-old was named temporary head coach, guiding Australia to a tri-series success in Ireland and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Nitschke, Australia’s assistant coach since 2018, had been considered the front-runner for the full-time position. Nitschke, one of the finest all-rounders in the world, made her Australian debut at the age of 28 in 2004 and went on to play in 80 ODIs, 36 T20Is, and six Tests. Nitschke is the current head coach of the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL, a position she previously held while working for her nation.
She will remain with the squad until the conclusion of the current season before departing and joining the national team. Nitschke has had coaching posts with South Australia, the Adelaide Strikers, and Cricket Australia since her retirement from international cricket in 2011.
The makeup of Nitschke’s support crew is still being finalized. The T20I trip to India in December will be Nitschke’s first assignment as the team’s new head coach. Australia will face Pakistan at home in January before heading to South Africa to defend their ICC T20 Women’s World Cup title.