Borovec, 45, is highly regarded within the Australian team and has served a long coaching apprenticeship without playing first-class cricket. He began his coaching career in Victorian grade cricket with Geelong, a club for which he played 330 matches over more than 23 years as a wicketkeeper-batsman. He coached McDonald at the club at the end of his playing career.
Borovec then joined McDonald’s coaching staff at Melbourne Renegades and Victoria, where he was part of their 2018-19 BBL triumph after being heavily involved in their strategy.
His first assignment with Australia as an assistant coach came in 2021 during the white-ball tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh. He also toured with Australia in the 2022 tour of Pakistan. He was then added to Australia’s coaching staff as a full-time assistant when McDonald took over as head coach in May 2022.
Borovec has since combined his assistant duties with the Australia team while taking charge of the Australia A programme. He coached Australia A on the tour of Sri Lanka in June 2022 and then oversaw the Prime Minister’s XI team for the match. of the tour against the West Indies in November last year. He also coached Australia A for the tour of New Zealand in April, immediately after Australia’s Test tour of India.
The Indian T20I series schedule allows for a state coach to take over due to Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup and BBL commitments.