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Donald in race to take over as Australia bowling coach

Australia and New Zealand are battling for the services of South African pace bowling legend Allan Donald.

Donald is in the frame to replace Troy Cooley in the Australian set-up after working with New Zealand for several months before and during the World Cup.

The Kiwis are keen to keep hold of him but Donald may well opt to leave.

Craig McDermott, the former Australia fast bowler and Academy coach, and the Tasmania assistant Allister de Winter have also made the cut for a second interview with Cricket Australia.

It has to be said, though, that Donald would be a more unexpected choice if offered the job, with Australia historically tending to go with home talent on their coaching staff.

Cricket Australia’s general manager of cricket, Michael Brown, said he expected to put an offer to the chosen candidate this week.

Donald said: “I am waiting on a call from Cricket Australia in the next 48 hours (from Tuesday’s final interviews) and then I’ll make my decision.”

If he does not win the Australian position, Donald – who is said to be strong on the mental side of the game as well as the technical – is expected to stay with New Zealand.

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