Hick on the Pitch, Again

Graeme Hick appointed as Bupa Support Team Batting Coach

BRISBANE MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Bupa Support Team Batting Coach, Graeme Hick, will be available to media today at 10am at Allan Border Field, near the Picket Fence Café (1 Greg Chappell St, Albion, Brisbane). CA’s Tim Whittaker (0433 170 815) will manage this opportunity.

crick-fijiCricket Australia has today announced that former England Test cricketer Graeme Hick has been appointed as Bupa Support Team Batting Coach for the Australian men’s team through to March 2020. Hick, who was appointed as Cricket Australia’s High Performance Coach in 2013, played 65 Tests and 120 ODIs for England between 1991 and 2001.

He played 526 first-class matches, scoring 136 centuries at an average of 52.23, making him one of the most prolific runs-scorers of all time. Bupa Support Team Head Coach Darren Lehmann said it was fantastic to have a former player of Graeme’s calibre on board.

“Graeme worked with us during the recent ODI tour in the West Indies and we were really impressed with what he brought to the group.“ He is a very experienced player in all conditions and will bring a wealth of knowledge with him.

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“With an ICC Champions Trophy, an Ashes Series and an ICC World Cup all to be played in England in the near future, his knowledge of those conditions will also be invaluable.” Hick said it was a huge privilege to be involved with the Australian men’s team.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my current role with Cricket Australia and have worked with some great young up and coming players during my time heading-up the Under-19 program and more recently with the National Performance Squad during the Quadrangular A ODI Series.

“To take the next step up with the men’s team and getting the opportunity to work with some of the best players in the world is something I am really looking forward to.”

Greg Blewett will return to his role as Bupa Support Team Fielding Coach after filling in as batting coach following the departure of Michael di Venuto who took up the Head Coach position with English County side Surrey in March. Hick will begin his contract at the start of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series against South Africa.

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 · Lehmann played 27 Tests and 117 ODIs for Australia between 1996 and 2005, scoring five Test centuries (averaging 44.95) and four ODI centuries (averaging 38.96)

· Two-time World Cup winner as a player (1999, 2003), Wisden Cricketer of the Year (2001), Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year (2004-05) and three-time State Player of the Year (2000, 2001 and 2002)

·  Became Australia’s coach in 2013, after coaching success with state side Queensland


Bowling Coach – DAVID SAKER

· Saker played 72 first-class matches for Victoria and Tasmania between the 1994/1995 and 2002/2003 seasons, collecting 247 first-class wickets at an average of 30.10

· Was appointed as England’s fast bowling coach in 2010, and coached Victoria to the Shield title last season

· Appointed as Australia’s bowling coach earlier this year


Batting Coach – GRAEME HICK

 · Hick played 65 Tests for England (averaging 31.32, with six centuries) and 120 ODIs (averaging 37.33, with five centuries) between 1991 and 2001

· Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1987), awarded MBE (2009)

· Appointed as a CA high performance coach in 2013 and was interim Australia batting coach for ODI tour of West Indies in 2016


Fielding Coach – GREG BLEWETT

 · Blewett played 46 Tests and 32 ODIs for Australia between 1995 and 2000

· He scored four Test centuries, averaging 34.02, averaged 20.40 with the bat in ODIs and was an excellent fielder

· Initially joined Australia’s coaching team as a fielding consultant in 2014