Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday that Nitschke will work full-time under Head Coach Matthew Mott in the role, commencing 25 June.

One of Australia’s most decorated players, Nitschke claimed 153 wickets from 122 international matches. She was named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and earned the Belinda Clark Award as Australia Women’s Cricketer of the Year on four occasions.

Nitschke retired from international competition in 2011 and has since excelled in various coaching roles with the South Australian Scorpions, Adelaide Strikers and Cricket Australia - most recently serving as acting assistant coach for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team on its successful tour of India in March.

New Southern Stars Assistant Coach Shelley Nitschke

Women’s Team Head Coach Matthew Mott said Nitschke would be a valuable addition to the Australian coaching group.

“Shelley has an impressive coaching resume and had a really positive impact on the group during the tour to India,” he said.

“She knows the women’s game inside out and is a great asset for our programs.”

Nitschke will complete her role at the South Australian Cricket Association next month, however is expected to continue her role as Adelaide Strikers’ Assistant Coach in rebel WBBL|04.

Australia begins its 2018-19 summer at home with three Commonwealth Bank T20 Internationals against New Zealand starting on 29 September.