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