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Cricket Australia name Graeme Hick as centre of excellence high performance coach

Graeme Hick: The high performance coach at Cricket Australia's centre of excellence

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Former England batsman Graeme Hick has been appointed as high performance coach at Cricket Australia's centre of excellence in Brisbane.

The 47-year-old appeared in 65 Tests and 120 one-day internationals for England but he now takes over from Stuart Law, who is himself taking on the Queensland head coach role vacated when Darren Lehmann took the job with the national team.

Hick's job will focus mainly on the development teams, including the Australia A and the Under-19s.

Hick, who retired from first-class cricket in 2008 and had been working in a consultant role with the Australian Institute of Sport, said: "Over the years I have developed a huge amount of respect for Australian cricket and the Baggy Green.

"I am excited about the chance to work with Australia's young talent and being able to assist in their growth and development. This is going to be a great challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to."

He also insists he has no problem working for England's great rival.

"I'm comfortable with it. I had a fantastic time and career with England and I've got a great opportunity here to help develop some of the younger talent in Australia," he told Sky Sports News.

"The Ashes will be interesting. Fortunately none of the young players I'll be working with will be playing this year, but I might have to question my loyalties down the line if some of those players are representing Australia. I think I'll feel quite proud if I've had an influence on a young player's career."

Hick, who was born in Harare in Zimbabwe, scored 3,383 Test runs at an average of 31.32, while in scored 3,846 runs in ODIs at an average of 37.33. He also picked up 23 Test wickets, with a further 30 in ODIs.

He played county cricket for Worcestershire, scoring 136 hundreds in 25 years at first-class level - with a top score of 405 not out against Somerset in 1988.