Current Sydney Sixers coach Ben Sawyer has been appointed assistant coach of the Australian Women's team until the end of the ICC Women's World T20, to be played in the West Indies in November. Sawyer replaces Ashley Noffke, who held the role since Australia's tour to India earlier this year.
Sawyer, who has coached the Sixers to two Women's Big Bash League titles, joins former all-rounder Shelley Nitschke, who was earlier in the year appointed assistant coach to Matthew Mott for the two World T20s, across two years. Sawyer will link up with the team ahead of the three-match T20I home series against New Zealand starting September 29. This will be followed by an away series against Pakistan, in Malaysia in October, and the World T20 in November.
"I'm really excited to be able to join Matthew and Shelley in what I think is a really diverse coaching group and one that can help steer a really talented group of players," Sawyer said. "I've been lucky enough to work with the Sixers for the last three seasons, and so I already know a few of the players really well, but I'm looking forward to working with a new group of players.
"We've got a really busy period coming up, but it's a chance for this team to show why they are the number one team in the world. They've put in a lot of hard work over the winter and are in good form, so I think they're well placed to hopefully claim back that World T20 crown," he added.
Sawyer has previously been the assistant coach to Leah Poulton on the first overseas tour for Australia U19 Women's team in April this year. He has also been a part of the New South Wales Breakers staff as a specialist pace bowling coach.
"Ben is a welcome addition to our team, having worked with him previously in various pathways programs, I am genuinely excited on what he can bring to our squad," Mott, the team's head coach said, welcoming Sawyer on board.
"Having been involved with the women's game domestically for the past decade, Ben has a great understanding of not only our players but also key international players that we will come up against. Ben is a quiet, unassuming but highly respected coach who has already worked with a number of our players, all of which had a strong endorsement of his appointment," he added.
Sawyer will continue his role with the Ellyse Perry-led Sixers for WBBL|04, which starts on December 1.