Nielsen resigns as coach of Australian cricket team

September 20th, 2011 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Sep 20 (IANS) Tim Nielsen Tuesday stepped down from his position as head coach of the Australian cricket team, ending his tenure with the side’s Test and One-day series win in Sri Lanka.

Nielsen made the announcement after the third Test in Colombo ended in a draw, giving the visitors a 1-0 series victory.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to work with the Australian cricket team in the role of head coach for the last four-and-a-half years,” said Nielsen in a statement.

“Throughout that period we have had some great success as well as experiencing some tough times. I have enjoyed every minute of working hard with the playing group, aiming to give ourselves the best possible chance of representing Australia to the very best of our ability.

“I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead in my coaching career and have no doubt the experiences I have gained working with the Australian cricket team will hold me in good stead moving forward.”

Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland congratulated Nielsen on his performance during a particularly challenging time for the national team.

“Tim has been national coach during a period in which we have had a long list of great champions leave the game and has been a strong support for new players coming into the side over that period,” Sutherland said.

“I was delighted when he agreed to renew his contract last year and had encouraged him to apply for the new, expanded and redesigned head coach role that the CA Board approved last month after the tabling of the Australian Team Performance Review.

“However, I have spoken to Tim and understand and respect his decision to now begin a new chapter in his professional life.

“He has contributed greatly to Australian international cricket in roles as assistant national coach, head coach at the Centre of Excellence and during four years as national coach. We all wish him well in the future,” Sutherland added.

Sutherland said CA would move to appoint an interim, acting national coach for the coming October-November tour of South Africa while recruiting a new head coach.

Nielsen coached Australia between 2007-2011. He was in charge of the team in 15 Tests series in which they emerged winners on nine times.

Nielsen coached the side in 25 ODI series, with 17 won, seven lost and one drawn series.

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