Former Queensland star Stuart Law has been appointed Australia's new batting coach, replacing Justin Langer.
Law, who played one Test for Australia and 54 one-day internationals, will take up the role on an interim basis for the final two Tests against South Africa and the three-match series against Sri Lanka later in the summer.
New Western Australia coach Langer left his post on Wednesday to officially start his role with the Warriors, leaving Australia with a hole to fill for the remainder of the season.
Cricket Australia performance manager Pat Howard was happy to trial Law, with the position to be reviewed again following the third Test against Sri Lanka in January.
"We're in a unique place where you can try before you buy for both, for Stuart and the team," he said.
"It's going to deal with some challenges - Stuart has had an amazing eight or nine months here (at the Centre of Excellence)."
"He's coached the Under-19 team to the final of the ICC (Under-19 world cup), then got to the women's group (the Southern Stars) and won that competition.
"It's a very good fit – obviously (he's) a former Test player as well. That sits with some of the values that the Australian team really want to buy into.
"He's had a full week of training with the Test team all last week.
"Stuart's a really solid individual, and he's made a real impact."
Law had previous coaching experience with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before returning to Brisbane at the start of the year to take up his role at the Centre of Excellence.
First Posted 14 November, 2012 8:10PM AEST