WHATEVER occurs within the remaining Take a look at in opposition to India, on account of have began in Ahmedabad this morning, one factor is obvious: there must be no excuses going ahead for an England males’s staff that has extra coaches at its disposal than Nationwide Categorical.
One other three had been introduced on Monday – Marcus Trescothick, the previous England and Somerset batsman, the brand new “Elite Batting Coach”; Jon Lewis, the ex-Gloucestershire and England seamer, the brand new “Elite Tempo Bowling Coach”, and Jeetan Patel, the previous Warwickshire and New Zealand off-spinner, the brand new “Elite Spin Bowling Coach”.
Throw in the truth that Richard Dawson, the previous Yorkshire and England off-spinner, is changing Lewis within the position of Younger Lions Head Coach – henceforth reconfigured as “Elite Pathway Coach” – and it appears no stone has been left unturned.
Oh, and did I neglect to say Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood, who will stay assistant coaches to go coach Chris Silverwood, or the “Elite Fielding Coach” Carl Hopkinson?
As I say, extra coaches than Nationwide Categorical.
As well as, that doesn’t embrace the assorted consultants who’ve dipped out and in currently, together with Jonathan Trott, Jacques Kallis, James Foster and Chris Learn, to not point out those that work additional down the pyramid.
I have to be trustworthy: the time period “elite” on this context has at all times bugged me. In truth, it was used no fewer than 10 occasions within the England and Wales Cricket Board press launch saying the most recent appointments, as if to emphasize superiority. Expressions comparable to “elite coaches” and “elite athletes” – no supporter ever talks like that. Principally, it’s baloney.
It places one in thoughts of Australia coach Justin Langer and his broadly derided use of “elite honesty” and “elite mateship”. What was unsuitable with merely “honesty” and “mateship”? Or, for that matter, why did they should be underlined in any respect?
Phrases comparable to “elite coaches”, versus merely “coaches”, which is what they’re, suggests a sure conceitedness that the game might nicely do with out. And fairly who Jeetan Patel should coach is a moot level, given the paucity of spinners within the English recreation due primarily to the truth that a lot about county cricket appears actively geared to cease England producing them.
Whether or not Patel’s position proves to be cash for outdated rope, one actually can not say, however likely it’s one other teaching field ticked and makes everybody really feel a bit higher about themselves and that English cricket actually cares about spin.
Do England actually need so many coaches? Now that they’ve them, shouldn’t they be successful just about all the things, or else what’s the purpose? Granted, England are usually not alone in following the Nationwide Categorical route, however absolutely supporters have a proper to anticipate an enormous return on this funding, beginning with this winter’s Ashes.
Teaching is, in fact, an vital a part of cricket and there are some glorious coaches in that England set-up. Nevertheless, in case you are adequate to play at worldwide stage, it’s absolutely extra man-managers and sounding boards that you simply want versus seven or eight coaches. Or maybe that’s naive.
The late Brian Shut definitely had no time for all of them.
“A bunch of trick cyclists” he used to say of England’s bloated backroom set-up.
Nonetheless, no less than they’re “elite” trick cyclists now, Mr Shut.
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