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Dawes appointed Indian bowling coach

SACA Media
Monday February 13, 2012

Southern Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers bowling coach Joe Dawes has been appointed as bowling coach for the Indian cricket team.

South Australian Cricket Association Director of Cricket Jamie Cox confirmed today that Dawes, 41, would finish his tenure at Adelaide Oval at the end of the 2011-12 season.

“Joe has made a big impact in a short time and whilst we are sad to see him go, we are very happy that one of our coaching staff has made the move into the international arena,” Cox said.

“Joe has made a great contribution with our young bowling group, known colloquially as the “Wolf Pack”. Working alongside Darren Berry, he has helped instill some real toughness and integrity into the group.”

Under Dawes’ reign this season, young bowlers such as Joe Mennie, Gary Putland, Peter George and Jake Haberfield have all improved markedly, with Mennie in particular, taking a total of 20 Bupa Sheffield Shield wickets this season since making his debut against Western Australia in October, including hauls of 7/96 and 5/43.

In the Ryobi One Day Cup competition, he has driven the strong bowling efforts of the Redbacks, including bowling Victoria out for 123 and Queensland for 194.

A right-arm paceman, Dawes represented Queensland in Australia’s domestic circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was bowling coach for Queensland for several years, as well as working as a part time coach for Middlesex and the Marylebone Cricket Club, before moving to Adelaide at the start of this season as specialist bowling coach for the Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers.

Dawes said he was excited about the next phase of his career.

“I am sorry to be leaving South Australia, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Darren Berry and being part of the culture he has fostered with the Redbacks and the Strikers. To be able to take that knowledge and apply it in the international arena was too great an opportunity to miss, and it is with some sadness that I will be leaving at the end of the season,” he said.

“I’ve seen the bowling group grow a lot this season, and I know that South Australia will be providing plenty of top level cricketers for many years. I can also see lots of emerging talent within the Indian group and it is very exciting to be able to move into a strong system within the BCCI.”

Dawes will remain in Australia with the Redbacks until the end of the 2011-12 season. At this stage SACA has made no decision regarding his replacement.

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