Nielsen played 101 first-class matches for his state between 1990-1991 and 1998-1999. Tim Nielsen was confirmed as John Buchanan"s replacement as the coach of Australia on 5 February 2007. Like Buchanan, Nielsen played first-class cricket in Australia but never reached international level
He played the last of his 101 games a wicketkeeper-batsman for South Australia in 1999 before he moved into coaching, first with the Redbacks and then as an assistant to Buchanan with the national team
Nielsen, 42, is the former head coach at the Commonwealth Bank Centre for Excellence in Brisbane, where he worked with a number of the new crop of players looking to make their way into the Australia team Prior to becoming coach, Nielsen said it would be a huge challenge to fill the holes left by the retirements of champions like Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath but he believed Australia could remain the world"s Number.
1 team regardless. "You can"t replace superstars," Nielsen said.
"You"re not going to get two blokes who come in and take over their workload and their results. I think what we need to be conscious of is making sure we have 12 to 15 players coming and trying to move forward together as a group and try to replace the 1200 wickets in maybe little bits and pieces."
His contract was due to run until the end of Australia"s 2009 Ashes defence but was extended for a further two years in December 2008 to extend it until after the 2011 World Cup.
However, he retired on 20 September 2011, immediately after Australia"s tour of Sri Lanka.