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Updated: September 2, 2009 12:30 IST

Nielsen goes on leave

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Australia coach Tim Nielsen
AP Australia coach Tim Nielsen

Under-fire Australia coach Tim Nielsen will take time off during the limited-overs series in England, leaving his assistant in charge of the national team for three matches in the wake of the Ashes series loss.

Cricket Australia announced that Nielsen, who has presided over losses to India, South Africa and England in three of the last four Test series as Australia’s ranking slipped from No. 1 to No. 4, would return to Adelaide after the fourth ODI against England on September 13 to spend time with his young family.

Troy Cooley, a bowling coach who helped England in its shock 2005 Ashes series win, will guide the Australians for the last three ODIs in England.

Nielsen will rejoin the team on September 22 in South Africa, where Australia will attempt to defend its Champions Trophy title.

“The Australian team has played back-to-back international cricket since September 2008 and looking at the busy schedule over the next 12 months, we believe it is the right time for Tim to take a break,” Michael Brown, CA’s general manager of cricket, said in a statement. “This will also provide an excellent opportunity for Tim’s assistant, Troy Cooley, to continue his professional development by stepping up as acting coach for the remainder of the tour.”

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