Tim Nielsen

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Tim Nielsen
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Personal information
Full name Timothy John Nielsen
Born (1968-05-05) 5 May 1968 (age 46)
Forest Gate, London, England
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Wicket-keeper, Australia head coach
Domestic team information
Years Team
1990–1999 South Australia
First-class debut 2 November 1990
South Australia v Queensland
Last First-class 11 March 1999 South Australia v Queensland
List A debut 8 September 1991 Australia A v Zimbabwe
Last List A 20 February 1999 South Australia v Victoria
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 101 51
Runs scored 3805 639
Batting average 26.06 18.25
100s/50s 4/15 0/1
Top score 115 57
Balls bowled 72
Wickets 1
Bowling average 49.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/2
Catches/stumpings 284/32 65/5
Source: CricketArchive, 1 February 2009

Timothy John Nielsen (born 5 May 1968 in London, England) is a former South Australia state cricketer and formerly the head coach of the Australian cricket team. Nielsen played 101 first-class matches for his state between 1990–91 and 1998–99.

Tim Nielsen was confirmed as John Buchanan's replacement as the coach of Australia on 5 February 2007. Nielsen, who became the hot favourite when Tom Moody withdrew from contention, took over the role after the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.[1]

Like Buchanan, Nielsen played first-class cricket in Australia but never reached international level. He played the last of his 101 games a wicketkeeper-batsman for South Australia in 1999 before he moved into coaching, first with the Redbacks and then as an assistant to Buchanan with the national team.[2]

Nielsen, 42, is the former head coach at the Commonwealth Bank Centre for Excellence in Brisbane, where he worked with a number of the new crop of players looking to make their way into the Australia team.

Prior to becoming coach, Nielsen said it would be a huge challenge to fill the holes left by the retirements of champions like Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath but he believed Australia could remain the world's No. 1 team regardless. "You can't replace superstars," Nielsen said.

"You're not going to get two blokes who come in and take over their workload and their results. I think what we need to be conscious of is making sure we have 12 to 15 players coming and trying to move forward together as a group and try to replace the 1200 wickets in maybe little bits and pieces."

His contract was due to run until the end of Australia's 2009 Ashes defence but was extended for a further two years in December 2008 to extend it until after the 2011 World Cup.[3] However, he retired on 20 September 2011, immediately after Australia's tour of Sri Lanka.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nielsen Australia's new coach". cricinfo.com. 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Tim Nielsen appointed Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst of Australian cricket team". cricinfo.com. 2002-08-09. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Nielsen wins two-year contract extension". cricinfo.com. 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Tim Nielsen quits as Aussie Coach". Sky News. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 

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