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Nielsen predicts different coaches for different versions of cricket

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Sydney, Apr 14 (ANI): Australia's cricket coach Tim Nielsen has predicted that the growth of Twenty20 will eventually demand different coaches for different forms of the game.

Cricket Australia has outsourced some of its planning for Twenty20 World Cup to Michael Sholly, a highly successful player and coach at Melbourne University and Melbourne cricket clubs.

Nielsen said it made sense, because of Australia's hectic schedule, to use an expert who could analyse opposition teams and players in the IPL, and provide a blueprint for the coaching staff and Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke.

Nielsen will meet Sholly in Melbourne tomorrow before the squad goes into camp in Brisbane next week then travels to the West Indies for the third ICC World Twenty20, starting on April 30, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"We've always done some forward scouting and watched as many games as we can, the trouble we had this time is we've been playing so much that it was difficult for us to keep an eye on things in the IPL while we were in New Zealand," Nielsen said.

Nielsen does not accept that Australia was under-prepared last time, but having won four of the past five internationals is confident that history will not repeat in the Caribbean.

"We feel as though we went to the last Twenty20 world champs and we were in a pretty good place. Then we got belted in both the games we played, it was just one of those things," he said.

"'We prepared well and had a few little issues with Andrew Symonds which might have rocked the apple cart more than we gave credit to at the time," Nielsen said.

New South Wales coach Matthew Mott, who mentored the Blues to Champions League victory, will join the coaching staff in the West Indies and Nielsen said there was no doubt' specialist coaches would be assigned to national Twenty20 teams in the future. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 16:07 [IST]
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