South Australian cricket has looked to past glories for future success, naming former captain Jamie Siddons as coach for the next three seasons.
Siddons led the state to their last Sheffield Shield triumph in 1995-96 and played 146 Shield games for the Redbacks, scoring 10,643 runs.
He was skipper in 69 of those matches and says taking charge of the side is the perfect opportunity for him to return to South Australia.
Siddons takes over the role vacated by his former SA teammate Darren Berry, who left the post in March after four years in charge.
“I am so happy to be back home after a long time away,” Siddons said on Wednesday.
“I’m excited about the list, especially some of the talented young players and I can’t wait to get started.”
Siddons began his coaching career with SA as an assistant for three years from 2002.
He later joined the Australian team as an assistant before becoming the head coach of Bangladesh before the 2011 World Cup.
He spent the past four seasons in New Zealand coaching the Wellington Firebirds, winning the one-day competition in 2013-14 and the Twenty20 title in 2014-15.
South Australian Cricket Association chief executive Keith Bradshaw says Siddons is the perfect fit for the Redbacks.
“His coaching record over the past decade speaks for itself and he led South Australia to our last Sheffield Shield title,” Bradshaw said.
“Jamie adds a freshness and expertise that will help guide South Australia to long-term success.”