Andrej Borovic coaches Australia in India while Andrew MacDonald rests – LSB

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Australia coach Andrew McDonald will return home after the ODI World Cup to rest and prepare for the summer Test with assistant coach Andrej Borovic taking charge of the senior team for the first time for the five-match T20I series against India starting next Thursday. In Visakhapatnam.

McDonald is also taking a break ahead of the summer Test which starts against Pakistan in Perth on December 14. He was also rested from the T20I series against South Africa in late August as assistant Michael Di Venuto took over the reins. With Di Venuto receiving a coaching stint after a long year on tour, Borovic will get his first chance to coach the national team.

Borovec, 45, is highly regarded within the Australian team after going a long apprenticeship without playing first-class cricket. He began his coaching career in Victorian cricket with Geelong, a club for which he played 330 matches over 23 years as a wicket-keeper. He coached MacDonald at the club towards the end of his playing career.

Borovic then joined McDonald’s coaching staff at Melbourne Renegades and Victoria where he was part of the 2018-19 BBL triumph after being heavily involved in their strategy.

His first loan with Australia as assistant coach came in 2021 during white-ball tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh. He also toured with Australia on their 2022 tour of Pakistan. He was then added to the Australian coaching staff as a full-time assistant when McDonald took over as head coach in May 2022.

Since then, Borovic has combined his assistant duties with the Socceroos while taking charge of the Australia A programme. He coached Australia A on the tour of Sri Lanka in June 2022 and then oversaw the Prime Minister’s XI in the tour match against the West Indies in November last year. He also coached Australia A on the tour of New Zealand in April immediately after Australia’s Test tour of India.

Borovec did not captain Australia A during the home series against New Zealand A in August and September with Western Australia coach and two-time Treble-winning Scorchers coach Adam Fogg taking over.

The timing of the India T20I series allows the state coach to fill the position due to Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup and BBL commitments.

Australia has used coaching loans regularly in recent years to avoid burnout due to a busy schedule. Former coach Justin Langer took charge of a certain series of white balls during Darren Lehmann’s tenure before taking the job full-time in 2018 while McDonald also took charge of several white balls during Langer’s tenure.

Former WA and Victoria coach and current Cricket Australia head of development Lachlan Stevens will also travel to India to assist Borovec.

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