Australian ODI great Michael Bevan’s appointment as a coaching consultant for struggling Cricket NSW is over before it began.
The former Blues great revealed he is yet to be brought into the state set-up this season as their winless Sheffield Shield streak extended to 15 with a thumping defeat to Victoria last Sunday.
“It was announced pre season that I would be working with @CricketNSW as a batting consultant – to date, this hasn’t happened,” Bevan posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday.
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“Given the timing, I feel it is important that the current coaches are afforded every opportunity to stamp their quality and be allowed to guide Cricket NSW back to a position of strength within @CricketAus.
“Unfortunately this means this year they won’t be receiving the magical Bevo ‘finishing’ methodology. Maybe next year.”
Cricket NSW trumpeted Bevan’s position in September following the embarrassment of the state’s first winless Sheffield Shield season since 1938-39.
Bevan was very clear when he took to social media. Credit: Getty Images
The 53-year-old, and fellow Australia white-ball great Shane Watson, were announced as consultants to coach Greg Shipperd, who himself was rushed into the top job midway through last summer after the axing of Phil Jaques.
Bevan was supposed to be acting as a batting coach, while Watson, who has been commentating in India during the World Cup, was given the role of mentoring and mindset coaching for players.
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During a 50-over career for Australia spanning 10 years, Bevan averaged 53.58 – the seventh-highest ODI average in history – across 232 games.
Bevan scored 19,147 first-class runs, the majority of them for NSW.
At the time of the Bevan announcement in September, chief executive Lee Germon said: “No one at Cricket NSW was happy with what happened last season and we have now taken steps to turn things around, with the aim to build consistent success.
“All of these guys come with extremely accomplished resumes and they have NSW cricket and the Blues in their DNA. That will bring a renewed edge to our structure and the playing group.
“Now, by bringing in the collective experience and world-class skills of Michael Bevan and Shane Watson, we have added to our off-field support structure.”
NSW also endured their worst women’s season in history last summer, finishing sixth after their run of 24 straight finals was ended in the previous campaign.
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