Ex-Oz fast bowler McDermott eyeing England bowling coach job

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Brisbane, Apr.2 (ANI): Former Australian right-arm fast bowler Craig McDermott has told The Age that he has applied to be England's new bowling coach, and has been short listed for the job alongside Victorian bowling mentor David Saker and South African pace legend Allan Donald.

"I just put my hat in the ring and my employer, Cricket Australia, is aware of that. I've had an interview and so forth and I will let the process run its course. I don't really want to say a lot about it," McDermott, who claimed 291 wickets in 71 Tests, said.

McDermott has been coaching young fast bowlers as part of a 12-month scholarship at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence. He has worked with Troy Cooley, who helped orchestrate Australia's demise in the 2005 Ashes, but was subsequently enticed back to his native country as CA's head bowling coach.

"Working at the Centre of Excellence has been a valuable experience for me and also working under and alongside Troy Cooley has been fantastic. It will continue that way if I'm not successful," said McDermott, whose 18-year-old son and budding quick Alister made his first-class debut for Queensland this summer.

McDermott, 44, would be a fascinating choice given it was against England that he arrived as a fast-bowling force in 1985. Allan Border's team was pummeled, but the teenager, who had made his debut the previous summer against the West Indies, led the attack with 30 wickets for the series. (ANI)

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