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Australia have bolstered their backroom staff ahead of the Ashes by bringing former fast bowler Craig McDermott back into the fold.
The 48-year-old quit as Australia’s bowling coach last year, but under the leadership of new coach Darren Lehmann, he has now returned as Test bowling coach.
The first Test against England gets underway in Brisbane on November 21 and McDermott says he will be doing all he can to make sure the Aussie bowlers are in top shape by then.
“I’ll work as hard as possible to prepare our bowlers for the challenge ahead,” he said.
“I’m very happy to be in a position to join the Australian coaching set-up again and I look forward to working closely with Darren Lehmann.
“There is obviously a huge focus on regaining the Ashes this summer.”
Ali de Winter, who was appointed as McDermott’s replacement when he walked away in 2012, will now look after Australia’s bowlers for the one-day and Twenty20 internationals.
Lehmann is delighted with the shake up and believes it will give Australia the best chance of winning back the Ashes urn from England, who won the series 3-0 earlier in the summer.
“It’s great that Craig is now in a position to be involved again,” said Lehmann.
“It also means we are able to allow Ali to focus on the limited overs formats ahead of the ICC World T20 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which are coming up quickly.”