Nitschke recently returned from a successful tour of India with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, assistant coaching the side through an ODI campaign against India and a T20I tri-series with India and England.
Having previously worked short stints with the Australian development squad, formerly known as the Shooting Stars, this was Nitschke’s first opportunity to work with the senior women’s side.
“Cricket Australia contacted Tim (SACA High Performance GM Tim Nielsen) and asked if I was available to go on a secondment,” said Nitschke, who retired from international cricket in 2011.
“The tour was good, I definitely enjoyed it. It was a good challenge working with a different group and working at the next level is always exciting. I learned a lot working with the other coaches as well and seeing different ways of doing things.”
SA head coach McCauley will depart next week to be involved in a training camp in Los Angeles with the USA women’s team. The trip will be both a professional development opportunity for McCauley and a chance to impart her knowledge and experience upon a female program in a less established cricketing nation.
“The USA women’s team run about three camps throughout the year and have been out here in Brisbane and Sydney the last two or three weeks playing some games,” McCauley said.
“Since USA have been running these camps, more common cricketing countries have helped by providing coaches, so both the ECB and Cricket Australia have been involved.
“I think for me it will be a good opportunity to see how they run the camp and what the standard is like and then I can hopefully help by offering thoughts and running some components of the camp.”
Former West End Redback Williams, who has been part of the Adelaide Strikers coaching staff for the last two seasons, is currently in South Africa with the Australia Under-19 women, in an assistant coaching role. Scorpion and Striker Ellie Falconer is a part of the squad, with matches beginning on 12 April.
“Luke has been up to Cricket Australia training camps a few times and run forums at that level," said McCauley of Williams.
"It’s great that Cricket Australia are keen to give him these opportunities as he has plenty to offer."
Williams will also head to the US next month to work alongside the USA men’s team, in a similar capacity to McCauley.