Nitschke eyes top job in wake of Mott's departure

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With wholesale changes unlikely for the Australian women's team, interim coach Shelley Nitschke looks top of the shortlist for the permanent role.

In charge for Birmingham 2022 and the upcoming tri-series with Ireland and Pakistan, Nitschke takes over after Matthew Mott departed to join the England men's team as white-ball head coach.

The former international all-rounder has been an assistant under Mott for the last four years, also winning the 2021/2022 WBBL title with Australian domestic side Perth Scorchers as head coach.

Senior players of Meg Lanning's side have reportedly backed the promotion of either Nitschke or fellow assistant Ben Sawyer instead of an external candidate, carrying on from Mott's seven-year tenure.

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Re-writing the record books as their domination continues, the Australian team is enjoying unrivalled success in the women's game, with parallels drawn to their male counterparts of the late 1990s to early 2000s.

Nitschke pledges to continue the golden era in spite of Mott's departure, and feels the upcoming tour could reaffirm her ambition for the permanent role.

"I am going to get a pretty good idea over the next couple of months if it's something I want to do on a permanent basis," Nitschke told AAP.

"I will take every day as it comes and see what it brings for me and whether I will throw my hat into the ring.

"It will be a lot different to being an assistant, but I have experienced that at the Scorchers."

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Nitschke admits she won't be "reinventing the wheel" in the role, but given the transitional period in the coming years, new figures must step up on and off the field for the dominance to continue. 

Given the likes of Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy are heading into the twilight of their respective international careers, it's vital for young, fringe players to push their case.

As the younger brigade of Darcie Brown and Annabel Sutherland make bigger contributions for the side, Tahlia McGrath, Alana King and several others have stepped up off the back of outstanding domestic form.

"There will be transition at some stage and it is important that you are ready for that with the right people to step in," Nitschke said.

"That, and making sure we have sustained success is important."


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