Grooming Australian Test cricketers a challenge: Di Venuto

Australia’s new batting coach Michael di Venuto is under no pretensions about the nature of the Test line-up after the retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey and says he is aware of the difficulties the team could face in India and England this year.

Di Venuto, who played nine ODIs for Australia, was on Thursday unveiled as the team’s batting coach following Justin Langer’s vacancy in November, and his first assignment will the four-Test of India later this month. Ahead of assuming his new responsibilities and relinquishing his role as assistant coach of Tasmana and the Hobart Hurricanes Twenty20 side, the 39-year-old admitted he has a difficult job at hand. Read more