ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Griffith sets out World Cup roadmap
New bowling coach reunites with Justin Langer in national colours to help Aussie push for a record sixth World Cup crown
25 March 2019, 05:28 PM AEST
Australia's new World Cup assistant coach Adam Griffith says he expects to return to lead Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes next summer declaring he has unfinished business with the state.
The former right-arm quick said he only accepted the role after realising the impact on Tasmania's pre-season plans would be minimal.
"At this stage it's just for the World Cup. I'm still really focussed on Tasmanian cricket," Griffith said in Hobart today.
"It wasn't really on my radar but when I looked at the timings and it meant I wouldn't miss too much of our pre-season here, I thought I'd put my hand up for it.
"We’ve had two or three Shield games in the time since (CA) let me know (I had the role), so that actually made it pretty easy to worry about what's been happening here.
"And now the season's come to an end and we've got exit meetings with the players and reviews and planning for pre-season, so once that all gets done I'll put some energy and time into this."
But Griffith, who previously was Justin Langer's bowling coach with Western Australia before returning home to take on the Tasmania job, and will work alongside Ricky Ponting who also has joined Australia's coaching staff for the tournament, admits like any player he harbours aspirations to move up the ranks in time.
"We always want our players to perform and do their best and get promoted to go up to highest possible level – it's the same for coaches. I'm no different, but at the moment I'm really happy here in Tasmania," he said.
"We've got a lot of work still to do in the program. I'll focus on that and see what happens down the track."
Griffith has been keeping some odd hours of late, watching Australia's one-day side in action in India and Pakistan knowing this role was coming but his formal involvement with Australia's World Cup campaign will begin with a 10-day training camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane from May 2.
That camp will also mark the formal reintegration of Steve Smith and David Warner – provided the duo are selected in Australia's 15-man World Cup squad – and the Aussies will play a trio of 50-over practice matches against a New Zealand squad before jetting off to the UK.
Griffith says he'll be providing a supportive role for the bowlers, not trying to make major changes but keeping a sharp eye out for the finer details.
"At the moment I'm just watching, taking in as much as I can," Griffith said in Hobart today. "I've been speaking to JL pretty regularly with messages backwards and forwards, and then I'll get to Brisbane and spend some time with the players and get a feel for what the bowling group needs.
"That's always the hardest thing when you come into a squad as such for a short period of time – you don't want to reinvent the wheel, you 've just got to give them as much support as you can.
"If you see little things along the way you can bring those up in conversations."
The recruitment of Griffith to join Australia's World Cup campaign as the bowling coach reunites national coach Langer with one of his favourite coaching colleagues, with the pair in "pretty regular" contact throughout Langer's time as the Aussie head coach.
Griffith previously joined Langer with the Australia squad on a West Indies one-day tour in 2016 when then-head coach Darren Lehmann took time off and his long-term involvement in coaching means there'll be no unfamiliar faces in the Australia camp.
"They're playing some great cricket and on a really good run at the moment and momentum is building in the group," Griffith said.
"I've spent a bit of time in that system. A lot of the players that are around now I've worked with or against – there's no one there I don't know."
Australia's World Cup fixtures
May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton
May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton
June 9: India v Australia, The Oval
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
For a full list of all World Cup fixtures, click HERE