Shelley Nitschke to continue as Perth Scorchers’ Head Coach; signs two-year contract extension

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Shelley Nitschke, who successfully led Perth Scorchers to their first Women’s Big Bash League championship in November last year will continue to lead the side as their Head Coach after signing a two-year extension.

Nitschke, took the responsibility as Scorchers’ Head Coach initially in 2020-21. She has since played an instrumental role in leading the team. Scorchers’ victory over Adelaide Strikers at Optus Stadium last year has been the pinnacle of her stint with the side.

Nitschke and her collaboration with the recently re-signed Scorchers’ captain Sophie Devine has seen the team win 16 out of 26 completed games (the best win-loss ratio of all the WBBL teams in the past two seasons).

Nitschke expressed jubilation on her re-appointment and credited an incredibly strong culture for the team’s success.

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“I’m thrilled to have another couple of years at the Scorchers. Obviously we had an amazing year last year, winning the title, but I think we’re starting to build something special and it’s great to be a part of.

“I think there’s always an element of connection with your players and within the group, and I think that’s why we were so successful. We’ve got a great core group, great camaraderie within the group and an incredibly strong culture.

“A massive factor of teams winning the WBBL is the whole squad contributing, not just the big names.

“We can look at the performances last year of the likes of Chloe Piparo, Alana King – who is now Cricket Australia contracted – and others of that ilk, who all performed when we needed them. There’s definitely exceptional talent and variety within the squad, and I can’t wait to work with them again.”

The 45-year-old will also take care of her new role as the interim Head Coach of Australia alongside her duties for the Scorchers. She was the assistant coach of the Australian team since 2018.