Moody wants to mentor Australia

Updated on May 17, 2007 02:19 PM IST
The former Australian player harbours ambitions to become cricket team's coach even though he pulled out of the running to replace outgoing John Buchanan earlier this year.
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AFP | By, Sydney

Tom Moody says he still harbours ambitions to become Australia's national cricket coach even though he pulled out of the running to replace outgoing John Buchanan earlier this year.

Moody, who capped a two-year tenure as Sri Lanka's coach by taking the team to last month's World Cup final, is returning to his home town of Perth on July 1 to become coach of Western Australia.

"I'd definitely be interested, in time," Moody told Australian Associated Press on Thursday from Abu Dhabi, where he is on his final coaching assignment with Sri Lanka in a one-day series against Pakistan.

"Having the opportunity to coach Australia would be a huge honour."

Moody and Tim Nielsen were co-favourites to succeed Buchanan after the World Cup before Moody withdrew last January to spend more time with his family with his two children entering critical school years. Nielsen got the job.

"I have no regrets. None whatsoever," Moody said. "It's been very clear to me what my priorities are at this stage of my life."

"I've got plenty of time to continue coaching at international level, but I've only got this passage of my life which is five or so years where I can commit 100 per cent as a father and a family man.

"The kids aren't going to suddenly wait for me to finish my coaching to go through their junior and senior schooling."

He wants his children, who have been living in England, to grow up in Perth, where the family has not lived since 2000.

Western Australia, the home state for Australian Test players Adam Gilchrist, Mike Hussey and the recently-retired Justin Langer and Damien Martyn, clinched one of the cricket world's most highly qualified coaches with the help of a sponsorship deal from Perth-based tycoon Vikas Rambal.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to get that balance and quality in my life," Moody said.

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