Australia coach Justin Langer says telling batting coach Graeme Hick he was being made redundant was like facing former West Indies fast bowlers Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh “without a helmet and a box on”.
Ex-England batsman Hick, who has worked with Australia since 2016, was among 40 redundancies as part of cost-cutting because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“He’s become a really good mate – a work ethic second to none,” Langer said. “His experience and his integrity – you couldn’t meet a nicer person.”
Zimbabwe-born Hick, 54, who scored 136 first-class centuries and played 65 Tests for England, retired in 2008 and was a consultant coach before being appointed high performance coach of Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in 2013.
Ambrose and Walsh formed one of the most feared and successful pace bowling…