Griffith's focus remains on Canes

08 February 2019

A leading candidate for the vacant bowling coach role in the national set-up admits he is happy in Tasmania for the time being

Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmania mentor Adam Griffith says he's given no thought to the vacant Australian fast-bowling coach position despite being tipped by the likes of Darren Lehmann as a leading contender.

In his first season at the helm of the KFC BBL club, Griffith has helped steer the Hurricanes to top spot on the table, with this summer's standout side securing a home semi-final with an 16-run win over the Melbourne Renegades on Thursday.

It comes after he led Tasmania's JLT Sheffield Shield team, after four straight seasons of finishing in the bottom two, to the final in his first summer in the job.

Having helped develop a strong battery of quicks in Western Australia during his five-year tenure as bowling coach under Justin Langer, Griffith appears as qualified as any to take on the national job which David Saker announced he was leaving on Thursday.

But Griffith, who is in the second season of a three-year contract with Tasmania, remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes and the Tigers.

"I'm very happy where I am at the moment," said Griffith when asked if he was interested in the national post. 

"We've got a finals series coming up which is my main focus and then we've got four Shield games and hopefully another one, hopefully we make another (Shield) final as well. 

"I haven't even thought about it. I'm just really excited for the finals to come up in the Big Bash.

"This is my home, this is what I love."

Lehmann, Langer's predecessor as Australia coach, said on commentary for Fox Cricket that he was surprised to see Saker depart and flagged that Griffith would be a "frontrunner" to replace him.

Troy Cooley has been appointed Australia's bowling coach for the upcoming limited-overs series against India and Pakistan, while the likes of Kade Harvey, who also worked under Langer in WA, along with state bowling coaches Andre Adams, Mick Lewis and Andy Bichel are also considered leading long-term candidates for the role.

Griffith, who remains close friends with Langer, took the Tasmania job with Cricket Tasmania fresh off commissioning Mike Hussey to undertake a review of cricket of their high performance programs following a sustained period of underachievement.

Since taking over, CT chief Nick Cummins and Griffith have made no secret of their desire to follow the “one-program” blueprint set by Langer with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.  

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The approach, which emphasises developing local talent and streamlining how the state and BBL sides are run, has appeared to pay off with strong results in all formats since Griffith's appointment. 

Batting coach Jeff Vaughan has also won consistent praise from Tigers and Hurricanes players for his influence, with Test captain Tim Paine crediting him with playing an integral role in turning around Tasmania's batting fortunes. 

"When I came here a year and a half ago, the challenge was in front of us to turn both programs around and we've managed to go okay in that space," said Griffith. 

"The job's not finished here yet and I'm just really looking forward to getting into the finals and then hopefully the Shield." 

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