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Di Venuto new batting coach

Michael Di Venuto has been confirmed as Justin Langer's replacement as Australia's batting coach.

The Tasmanian, a former Australia representative at one-day international level, will take up the role when Michael Clarke's squad travel to India for a four-Test series later this month.

The 39-year-old, who has been working as an assistant to Tigers coach Tim Coyle, spent time with the Australia squad during recent Test and ODI clashes with Sri Lanka and did enough to win the nod.

"We are delighted to have Michael on board," Australia coach Mickey Arthur said of Di Venuto, who played 336 first-class games, 302 domestic one-dayers and 54 domestic T20s, as well as nine ODIs.

"We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table, as well as a wealth of experience in first-class cricket.

"We felt it was important that the appointed person had demonstrated coaching experience.

"Michael spent some time around the Test squad while we were in Hobart and again during the Commonwealth Bank Series and we were impressed with the way he went about his work and we look forward to him joining us on a full-time basis."

Di Venuto retired from first-class cricket last summer after spending six years with Durham. He also represented Derbyshire and Sussex.

Langer quit his position as batting coach late in 2012 after three years in the role in order to take up the head coaching position with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.