Having worked with Australian Cricket Team between 2011 and 2012 and then as an assistant coach in late 2013 and continuing till the 2016 World T20 in India, Craig McDermott has great knowledge of the Kangaroos’ game and most probably the man to take up the role.
David Saker's sudden resignation as Australian bowling coach leaving Cricket Australia to search for a new pace-bowling coach as soon as possible with the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes are just a few months away and McDermott said he is "open to discussion".
Craig further revealed that he has followed the current Australian team very closely during the summer and he is open for the role that he left in 206, if the opportunity comes, saying guiding the national side again is "always something that you would look at".
McDermott told Cricbuzz, “I follow the team. I still got my son playing the game and I follow the team closely. I certainly watch all the bowlers bowl all the time and everything else. And I also watch every BBL game, so I'm aware of what goes on around the place. Everything is open to discussion at the end of the day, isn't it? It's something that you would always look at.”
Commenting on Australia’s bowling, the former coach said, “I thought we were bowling a bit too short during the summer. A lot of balls, if they were aimed at the stumps, missed the stumps. I think we did a bit better in the Brisbane Test to a degree with the pink ball and got it fairly right at Manuka too. We got a lot of catches behind the wicket, which was always a good sign of that, and a number of clean-bowled which is another sign. We need to continue to do that game after game.”
The Aussie continued, “Confidence is a big part of anybody's bowling. So, you've got to feel happy with your run-up, you have got to feel balanced and your seam position is right, there are a lot of things that need to be right to be bowling well.”
McDermott signed off by saying, “Anyway, that's up to the next bowling coach or assistant coach or whatever his title is to start working with the guys on that. I'm sure they're already concentrating on things like that because they are the basics of fast bowling.”
(With Cricbuzz Inputs)