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Cricket news - Andrew McDonald roped in as Rajasthan Royals head coach

McDonald presided over a title-winning campaign for the Melbourne Renegades at this year's Big Bash

Former Australian cricketer Andrew McDonald has been brought in as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals on a three-year contract. McDonald, who has previously played in IPL for Delhi Daredevils (2009 and 2011) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2012 and 2013), also comes with coaching experience in the league - having been the bowling coach of Virat Kohli's side. McDonald comes in to replace Paddy Upton, who was only appointed before the start of the previous season.

"I'm delighted to join the Royals family. It's a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can't wait to get started working with our world class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world," McDonald said following his appointment.

McDonald brings in some coaching credentials outside of the IPL too. The 38-year-old helped Victoria win the Sheffield Shield in his first year as coach. He has also powered Melbourne Renegades, who finished seventh in the 2017-18 season, to a Big Bash title this year.

"We are delighted to appoint Andrew as our Head Coach. He shares our belief of discovering potential and championing dreams and is aligned with our vision to continue to drive innovation in the IPL. Andrew will be preparing for the season by sharing experiences and best practices with exceptional coaches in other sports and will be visiting India in the near future to meet the Royals team, both on and off the field," Ranjit Barthakur, the executive chairman of the Rajasthan Royals said.

"Andrew's innovative, forward thinking nature, along with his experience in the IPL and success in other leagues is why we have selected him as Head Coach to help us drive long term success. He is data focused and an impressive man manager who remains well versed with the rigours of modern day cricket," head of cricket Zubin Bharucha, who was part of the panel that picked a coach, said.

Rajasthan Royals' claim to fame is that they're the inaugural champions of the IPL, but have struggled to be up amidst the best sides in the league's 11 seasons since.

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