In a strategic move to manage coaching staff workload, Australia’s head coach, Andrew McDonald, will be taking a break after the ODI World Cup, paving the way for assistant coach Andre Borovec to lead the team during the upcoming five-match T20I series against India. The series kicks off in Visakhapatnam next Thursday.
The decision to rest key players, including Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Cameron Green, is part of Australia‘s ongoing effort to maintain player fitness and avoid burnout. Matthew Wade will captain the squad in the absence of the rested players.
Borovec, 45, who has a strong coaching background, will be at the helm for the first time in a senior coaching role. He has been an integral part of the Australian coaching setup, having previously served as an assistant coach during white-ball tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh in 2021 and the 2022 tour of Pakistan.
Having started his coaching career in Victorian grade cricket, Borovec’s coaching prowess has been recognized within the Australian team. His experience with the Australia A program and coaching various teams in domestic competitions has prepared him for this leadership role.
The coaching transition aligns with Australia’s strategy of utilizing coaching secondments to balance the demanding schedule. Former WA and Victoria coach, Lachlan Stevens, will also join Borovec in India to provide additional coaching support.
McDonald’s break is not only aimed at allowing him to recharge but also to prepare for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan, set to commence in Perth on December 14. The coaching shuffle reflects Cricket Australia’s commitment to managing the workload of its coaching staff, a strategy employed successfully in recent years.
As Borovec steps into the role for the T20I series against India, Australian cricket enthusiasts will be eager to see how the team performs under his leadership and whether the rest period for key players pays dividends in the upcoming fixtures.