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Cricket - 09. May 2007.

Fitzpatrick named acting Australia womens coach

Cricket Australia announced today that recently-retired Australian fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick has been named the acting head coach of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars.

Fitzpatrick will oversee the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ training camp in Brisbane from 8-11 June and the squad’s preparation for the Top End Series against New Zealand in late July.

“I’m looking forward to the responsibility of preparing the team for what will be a tough series against New Zealand in July,” Fitzpatrick said.

“The training camp in Brisbane will provide a solid platform for the team ahead of the Top End Series. My main goal will be to prepare the team so it can maintain the high level of performance that delivered success in India earlier this year.”

Fitzpatrick’s appointment follows yesterday’s announcement of former Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars coach Mark Sorell as the new mentor of the South Australian men’s squad.

A Level Three coach, Fitzpatrick recently completed an Australian Sports Commission coaching scholarship at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and only announced her retirement from international cricket in March.

In an illustrious career, Fitzpatrick won two World Cups and claimed a record 180 one-day international wickets at 16.79 and 60 Test wickets at 19.11.

The position of AIS-National Head Women’s Coach will be advertised soon.

The Top End Series in Darwin will contain a five-match one-day international Rose Bowl Series and a Twenty20 international. The series will run from 19-29 July.

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Slade

Cricket Australia Public Affairs

Tel: 03 9653 9999 or 0409 916 474

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