Australia drafts in Graeme Hick to help on WI tour

For Australia's upcoming tour of West Indies in June, Australia will acquired the services of former England batsman Graeme Hick, who will be the assistant coach to Justin Langer, and former Tasmania fast bowler Adam Griffith.

Graeme Hick has worked with Australia's National Cricket Centre for the past three years.   -  Getty Images

Former England batsman Graeme Hick and ex-Tasmania fast bowler Adam Griffith were on Friday drafted in to help Australia during its upcoming tour of West Indies.

Hick will act as assistant coach to Justin Langer, who will be in charge for the series while Darren Lehmann has a break, while Griffith replaces Craig McDermott, who has stepped down. Head coach Lehmann said both would be a great help to Langer, the former Australia opener and now highly regarded coach of Western Australia (WA).

Hick has worked with Australia's National Cricket Centre for the past three years, focussing on young players coming through the academy, while Griffith is the WA bowling coach.

"West Australia have some talented young fast-bowlers that have developed under Adam's watch and it's great to be able to offer him the chance to work with the Australian side under Justin Langer," said Lehmann.

Australia begins the tri-series, which also features South Africa, in Guyana on June 6. The round-robin tournament sees teams play three matches against each opponent, with the top two advancing to the final on June 26 in Barbados.