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Nielsen to take over the Oz wand

Tim Nielsen, who spent three years working as an assistant to Buchanan, will take over as head coach after the World Cup.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 11:45 IST
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Tim Nielsen will succeed John Buchanan as Australia coach, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Monday. Nielsen, who spent three years working as an assistant to Buchanan, will take over as the head coach when Buchanan stands down after the World Cup in the West Indies.

Nielsen, 38, is a former first-class wicket-keeper-batsman who had spent the past two years working as head coach of Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

“I’m incredibly proud, honoured and excited to have been offered this opportunity. Moving forward, this job represents a great opportunity to work with a fine group of players who are an excellent cricket team,” Nielsen said.

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said Nielsen had a strong rapport with the players because of his experience as a player and his previous coaching roles.