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Di Venuto named Australian batting coach
18:51 AEST Fri Feb 1 2013

Former one-day international opener Michael Di Venuto has been announced as Australia's new batting coach.

Di Venuto replaces Stuart Law, who held the interim position for the past five Tests after fellow former Test batsman Justin Langer stepped down to coach Western Australia.

Dean Jones also held the position briefly during the recent one-day series against Sri Lanka.

The 39-year-old Di Venuto will take up the role for Australia's four-Test tour of India starting later this month.

He will stand down as an assistant coach for the Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes.

An aggressive left-handed opening batsman, Di Venuto played nine ODIs for Australia and 336 first-class matches for Tasmania, Derbyshire, Durham, Sussex and Italy.

Australian coach Mickey Arthur said Di Venuto's coaching credentials since his playing career finished put him in good stead for the role ahead of a busy year that includes 10 Ashes Tests.

"We are delighted to have Michael on board," said Arthur.

"We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table.

"This aligns with our coaching pathway plans which is an Argus review recommendation."


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