Australia Appoints Steve Rixon As Fielding Coach

Cricket Australia has appointed former Australian wicket-keeper Steve Rixon as the fielding coach of the team. He will join the team on coming tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Cricket Australia acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said, “We are very excited Steve is joining our staff as a fielding coach.

“His experience as a player and successful coach at both domestic and international level will be invaluable for our group as we prepare for tough tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa in the next six months.

“The group of coaches we now have in place has a great blend of coaching expertise and cricket experience to benefit this developing Australian side and Steve has an important role to play as we move forward.”

Rixon, who played Test and one-day cricket for Australia during the late 1970s and early 1980s, said, “I am thrilled with this appointment and look forward to working with the Australian team over the next two tours. Fielding skills play such an important role in the modern game and often proves the difference between winning and losing.

“I feel my experience firstly as a player and more importantly a successful coach across the world can help many of these young Australian players, together with the outstanding group of assistants Tim Nielsen has at his disposal.

“The Australian team has long been known as one of the best fielding sides in world cricket and my job will not only be to maintain the good work done before but about setting the benchmark for opposition sides.”

Rixon played 13 Tests and six One-day internationals for Australia as a wicket-keeper and lower-order batsman. He played over 150-first class games, 107 of which were for New South Wales (NSW), taking 395 catches and 65 stumpings.

He was head coach of New Zealand from late 1996 to 1999 taking the Black Caps to third place in one-day and Test cricket rankings. He then returned as NSW coach in 2000.

After another four seasons with the Blues, resulting in a Sheffield Shield victory and three one-day titles, Rixon became head coach at Surrey from 2005-07.

For the past two seasons Rixon has assisted Stephen Fleming with two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, also enjoying success with victory in the 2010 Champions League Twenty20.

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