Dimitri Mascarenhas named as Australia's Under-16 coach

Dimitri Mascarenhas named as Australia’s Under-16 coach

Dimitri Mascarenhas, bowling coach for New Zealand speaks at a press conference after day one of the second Test match between Australia and New Zealand at WACA on November 13, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Dimitri Mascarenhas. (Photo by Will Russell – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Former English cricketer Dimitri Mascarenhas has been appointed as the coach of Australia’s under-16 side. Mascarenhas who had earlier served as New Zealand’s bowling coach for a year will move over to Australia for the next job.

He has completed an ECB level three coaching qualification and held player-coach roles with Hampshire, Rajasthan Royals, and Hobart Hurricanes. And has also been the head coach of New Zealand domestic side Otago Volts since 2014.

Mascarenhas believes that while coaching a team of adolescents he will have to change his language as well. “(My) language will have to change. I’ll probably just have to bring in a Xbox and an iPad and they’ll be happy,”

The 38-year old played 20 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 14 Twenty20 internationals (T20Is) for the England side. The all-rounder averages over 22 in ODIs and over 15 in T20Is with the bat. Mascarenhas with his gentle medium pacers had claimed 13 wickets in 50-over cricket and 12 wickets in the shortest format of the game.

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He is well known and remembered for the 5 sixes he hit in an over of Yuvraj Singh on 5 September 2007 at the Oval, London. With that innings, he holds the record for the most number of runs (30) scored by an English cricketer in ODIs.

Mascarenhas in Domestic T20:

Mascarenhas played in The Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes, Indian Premier League for the Kings XI Punjab and for the Otago Volts in New Zealand state cricket.

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