Tim Nielsen stands down as Aussie coach

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Tim Nielsen has announced that he would not run for the expanded Australian head coaching position.

Nielsen was disappointed for not receiving a chance to continue. Due to the Argus report, the coach’s job was expanded to include the responsibility of a selector. But Nielsen, who was reappointed for three years before last summer’s Ashes, was forced to put his name in again.

”All of this has been brought to a head by the fact we played a very good cricket side in England and they outplayed us. That happens sometimes,” he said. ”For 15 years before that it was Australia doing it to other teams.”

Nielsen said he felt like he had been kicked in the guts upon the delivery of the Argus review last month and Cricket Australia’s adoption of its recommendations. He added that his role in Australia’s No.1 ranked one-day team had been overlooked.

”There’s that personal side … there’s no doubt and that’s the hard part and that has played a little bit of a part in my thinking,” Nielsen said. ”I feel like I’ve been doing an interview every day for the past four years. They’ve changed some structural things – things that I can honestly say that I’ve been talking about and championing for the last little while. I would have appreciated the opportunity to work in the new system and take on the new role. I don’t hold any grudges but I also would have backed myself to do the job,” he said.

Nielsen told Australian players of his decision after the drawn third Test in Colombo. The favourite to take over as head coach is the current fielding coach, Steve Rixon.

Nielsen does not intend to stay with Cricket Australia but wants to stay in the game in some capacity.