17 Oct 2013

McDermott to return as coach with Australian cricket side

6:20 pm on 17 October 2013

The former Test fast bowler Craig McDermott will return as Australia's bowling coach ahead of the Ashes series.

McDermott quit the role in May last year after a successful 12 months in the role.

At the time McDermott said he was quitting because of the impact of touring life on his young family.

But the 48-year-old returns in a revised role specialising as Test bowling coach.

During his previous tenure, McDermott was credited for revitalising quicks Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus and he was also behind the blooding of James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc into Test cricket.

His philosophy was simple, wanting Australia's pace attack to bowl full and swing the ball.

The narrowed new role means McDermott won't have to spend as much time on the road.