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Australia launch global hunt for new coach

Cricket Australia on Tuesday launched a global hunt for a new coach with chief executive James Sutherland saying they planned to think "outside the square".

It follows former rugby union international Pat Howard being appointed general manager for team performance last week -- a new position recommended by the Argus Review earlier this year.

The sweeping review was ordered by the Australian Cricket Board after the Test team's humiliating 3-1 Ashes series defeat at home to England.

The head coach, to replace Tim Nielsen who quit after the recent tour of Sri Lanka, will report to Howard and Sutherland.

"This is a pivotal role and we are thinking globally and also outside the square," said Sutherland.

"International success as a player and/or coach may well be worthwhile attributes, but we will look far more broadly in assessing individuals against the specific criteria we regard as necessary for success in this role."

Troy Cooley is acting as interim coach for the current tour of South Africa and Sutherland said he wanted a permanent man in the job as soon as possible.

Former New Zealand coach Steve Rixon is widely seen as a frontrunner for the job with former South African coach Mickey Arthur and long-time Australian Test batsman Justin Langer also reportedly interested.

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