Cricket Australia on Thursday appointed Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughan as assistant coaches for the men’s national team, a year after cutting down on support staff to tackle the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo will join head coach Justin Langer’s coaching staff on a full-time basis ahead of a busy summer that includes the Ashes series, a Test against Afghanistan and white ball matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, according to a Cricket Australia statement.

Both of them have the experience of being batting coaches and are being seen as replacement for Graeme Hick, who was removed last year from the position as part of Cricket Australia’s cost-cutting efforts which led to 40 people losing their jobs.

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The 47-year-old Di Venuto, who has played nine ODIs and played 336…

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