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Andrew McDonald joins Australia's coaching staff as assistant to Justin Langer
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Andrew McDonald joins Australia's coaching staff as assistant to Justin Langer

Australia have appointed Andrew McDonald as the deputy to head coach Justin Langer following his successful coaching stints with Victoria and Melbourne Renegades.

The former Australia all-rounder was recently roped in as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals on a three-year contract while he will also serve the Birmingham Phoenix in a similar capacity for next year's The Hundred competition.

McDonald joins Australia's coaching panel alongside past greats of the game including Langer, Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris with the latter two expected to be with the team for the series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The 38-year-old fills in the position that has been left vacant since David Saker resigned from the post in February earlier this year.

Langer believes McDonald's presence in the dressing room will have a positive effect on the team.

"I have no doubt his all-round knowledge and man-management skills will be a positive addition to our team," he said.

"The coaching success Andrew has enjoyed around the world in a relatively short period of time is a testament to his skill, dedication and knowledge of the game."

McDonald, who played four Tests for Australia, was in charge of Victoria when they claimed the Sheffield Shield title last year and led Melbourne Renegades to the Big Bash League success.

He has previously worked with the likes of Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris and James Pattinson, all of whom have praised his coaching methods.

McDonald's association with the Australia side will encompass the T20 World Cup scheduled to take place next year in October.