Shelley Nitschke to lead new era for Australian women’s cricket

Shelley Nitschke has been appointed Australia’s women’s cricket team head coach, charged with leading the next generation after being handed a four-year deal.

Nitschke was told this week that she would replace former mentor Matthew Mott in a full-time capacity, after serving as interim leader since his exit in May.

Since then, Nitschke has guided Australia to Commonwealth Games gold and every single trophy available to them now sits in their cabinet.

The period has also included the ushering in of two new assistants, with Ben Sawyer also leaving to take up a role in New Zealand.

But Nitschke has long been aware she faces an era of transition not seen since Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and John Buchanan all left the men’s set-up at the same time.

Selecting a new leader will be among her first jobs, with vice-captain Rachael Haynes retiring last week and skipper Meg Lanning on indefinite personal leave.

The likes of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry are also both beyond the age of 30, while Australia enters an era of solely defending titles rather than building towards regaining them.

“I’m honoured to have been given this opportunity to lead the team full-time and to continue to build on the legacy created by Matthew Mott,” Nitschke said on Tuesday.

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