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Rixon puts aside disappointment, agrees to work with Arthur

December 17, 2011 - Sydney

Australia's fielding coach Steve Rixon has put aside the disappointment of not being made national coach and is set to join Mickey Arthur's staff for the rest of summer.

Rixon has a deal with Cricket Australia and will sign a contract next week once the remuneration is finalised with team performance manager Pat Howard.

In the deal, he will work with the national team up until next year's Indian Premier League, which starts in April, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Although Rixon still has two years to run on his contract as fielding coach with Twenty20 champions Chennai Super Kings, there are plans for the former Test wicketkeeper to rejoin the Australian set-up permanently after next year's IPL.

"That's what we've discussed. They're looking at keeping me on in a permanent basis, however, just for the very minute let's get through to IPL. That's what we've got to sit down after that and get, something on a yearly basis," Rixon said.

The early favourite to be Tim Nielsen's long-term replacement as head coach, Rixon was overlooked in favour of Arthur.

"There wasn't anything that was a problem, so we needed to understand what Mickey wanted out of me. I have no problems in getting involved and helping the Australian cricket side. I'm not one of these guys who will sit on the fence and make snide comments on the side," Rixon said.

Rixon will head to Melbourne next week for Australia's batting boot camp ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India.


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