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Vic cricket role unlikely, admits McDonald

  • Vic cricket role unlikely, admits McDonald

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Andrew McDonald, Coach of Leicesterhsire County Cricket Team looks on during day one of the LV County Championship match between Leicestershire and Glamorgan at Grace Road on April 12, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Rising Australian cricket coach Andrew McDonald has tentatively distanced himself from the vacant head role at Victoria.

McDonald, currently coaching Leicestershire in England, woke on Thursday morning to a full inbox of friends asking whether he would be returning home to replace David Saker, who has been appointed as Australia's new bowling coach.

However the overlapping of English and Australian domestic seasons left the 35-year-old to admit any move is "probably not going to happen".

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"I haven't given it much thought to be honest - but I know (my name has been mentioned because) I woke up to a bunch of Whatsapp messages from my mates," McDonald told AAP.

"The season here doesn't end for a few months, and our seasons cross over. It's probably not going to happen."

The allrounder, who won four Test caps in 2008-9, is well respected within Victorian cricket having a distinguished career in which he took 163 wickets while notching 3516 runs at an average of 40.

Other candidates likely to be tempted by the head role should include former Bushrangers duo Darren Berry and Matthew Mott, who have Sheffield Shield experience with South Australia and NSW respectively, and former Tasmania coach Tim Coyle.

But McDonald said he hadn't been approached about a move and said the logistics of making a change midway through the English county season would make him an unlikely candidate.

And that the schedule, combined with his determination to rebuild the struggling county, made it hard to determine when he could work towards any Australian coaching aspirations.

"There is no actual pathway in coaching and the reality of the job is you could be moved on at any time," he said.

"But in an ideal world you want to put your stamp on a club, and that can take some time to do."

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