Waugh to help rebuild Australian cricket

Former test captain Steve Waugh says he’s happy to help rebuild Australian cricket, but is too busy with his business, family and charity work to accept a formal coaching role.

Cricket Australia has announced it will conduct a thorough review following the 3-1 Ashes series defeat to England which included an uprecedented three losses by more than an innings.

Waugh lost only eight of the 48 Ashes matches he played in, but was a young member of the previous Australian team to lose an Ashes series on home soil 24 years ago.

“My name generally comes up when there’s a coaching role, I must be on a list that they go to,” Waugh told Australian Associated Press on Saturday.

“I love Australian cricket, I want to see it be successful but my value is more of a mentor. I’m very busy with my philanthropic work and business and family and you can’t do everything.

Waugh’s foundation helps to raise funds for a leper children’s colony, “Udayan”, in Kolkota, India.

“The value I can add is I’ve seen Australia play in an era when we were struggling through to a successful era so I can see the ups and downs and maybe know some of the shortcuts.”

Waugh was captain of the Australian side from 1999 to 2004. His retirement came a year before England won back the Ashes in England, the first time it had won a series since 1987.

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