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Hick handed top coaching role

CRICKET Australia has given former star Zimbabwean and English cricketer Graeme Hick the responsibility of developing Australia's next batting stars.

Hick will be based at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, filling the role vacated by Stuart Law who replaced Darren Lehmann as coach of Queensland.

Hick played for Zimbabwe from 1983-1985 before moving to England where he made his Test debut in 1991, eventually playing 65 Tests for England before retiring from the international arena in 2001. He finished his first class career in 2008 with 41,112 runs at an average of 52, including 136 centuries.

Now living on the Gold Coast, he said he was thrilled about having the opportunity to play a key role in the future of Australian cricket.

"Over the years I have developed a huge amount of respect for Australian cricket and the Baggy Green," he said. "I'm excited about the chance to work with Australia's young talent and being able to assist in their growth and development. This is going to be a great challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to."



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