England women’s cricket team’s senior assistant coach, Tim Macdonald will move to Australia to become the assistant coach of Perth Scorchers and Western Australia’s men’s teams.
Macdonald will be around for the next couple of series that England will play and leave the job after the Commonwealth Games. England will host South Africa from June 27 to July 25 for a one-off Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is. After the South Africa series, England will feature in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 29 to August 7. England are placed in Group B alongside Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand.
“I’ve loved every minute of working with such an amazing group of players and staff. The future is very bright for the England Women’s team. I’ve learned a great deal and made some life-long friends, but I couldn’t turn down this amazing opportunity to return home to Perth and be closer to my family”, Macdonald said.
He joined the England women’s team on an interim basis during the ICC World T20 that was played in Australia in February-March 2020. England had qualified for the semi-finals, however, the match was washed out which knocked them out of the tournament. Later in August 2020 he joined the team on a full-time basis, working as an assistant to Lisa Keightley. He was a part of the support staff for the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup that was played in New Zealand in which England ended up as the runners-up. Had the semi-final of the World T20 not been washed out, Macdonald would have been a part of the England team’s support staff for two ICC finals. Prior to coaching, Macdonald played first-class cricket for Western Australia and Tasmania.
Jonathan Finch, Director England Women’s Cricket, said, “Tim has played a vital role in continuing to improve the England Women’s team over the last two years, and will continue to do so as we prepare for the summer match programme. Tim’s departure coincides with the start of the ICC Women’s Championship and there is no doubt his positive influence will be felt over the coming years. We wish Tim all the best in his new role and thank him for the commitment and passion he has given to England Women’s cricket.”
Quotes are sourced from ESPN cricinfo
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