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Australian Cricket: McDonald plays down job opportunities

Interim Australian men's cricket coach Andrew McDonald says he is not thinking about landing the position on a full-time basis after beginning his tenure with a T20 win over Sri Lanka on Friday.

Australia are priced at 10/3 to win the T20 World Cup at the end of the year but they are without a permanent coach at this time following the controversial departure of Justin Langer.

Winning start

McDonald is said to be one of the hot fancies to land a full-time position and he did his chances no harm with the 20-run win over Sri Lanka in the first of five T20 showdowns against them.

The 40-year-old is also set to lead the historic tour of Pakistan next month and if that goes well he really will be in the box seat to replace Langer.

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Head back in the T20 fold

But for now he is not thinking about it and will just see how everything works itself out.

"No thoughts given to it (the full-time role) at this stage," McDonald told reporters after the win. "I think the greater conversation around that is clearly Australia and England have got jobs open, but it's what they're looking for.

"Split roles have been mentioned, all three formats, that type of thing. There's a lot to work through, but I'll wait to see that process unfold and see what happens.

"Firstly, you've got to see what they're looking for in the job and then whether it's the right fit for you. It's like any coaching role that you put your hat in the ring for."

Incredible time

Meanwhile after winning the T20 World Cup and Ashes in the last six months, McDonald says he will not be making sweeping changes to the way Australia do things.

"In the last six months we've had an incredible time," he added. "It's been well-documented the change-room was in a good space. The (T20) World Cup was a great experience, the Ashes was a great experience.

"I can't see there being a hell of a lot of change on the back of that."

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