Coaches in remote Western Australia recently had the
opportunity to be mentored by Australia’s High Performance coaching staff.
Graeme Hick, Troy Cooley and Greg Chappell were on hand to
advise the aspiring high-level coaches on tactics and man management
As part of the development series against the England
under-19 squad, coaches were given unprecedented access to the Cricket
Australia (CA) representatives.
With more than 65,000 runs and 500 wickets in First Class
cricket between them, the three coaches have seen their fair share of
Australia’s favourite game.
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell said it was a great
opportunity to interact with coaches who may not have had the opportunity
"We were in the area so it was an ideal opportunity to
interact with local coaches … to understand some of the requirements of elite
players,” Chappell said.
"CA needs its coaches at all levels to understand that they
need to encourage young players to think like and picture themselves as elite
players or they will never reach the higher levels.
"Cricket is a very disciplined and strategic game that
requires good planning, good decisions and, above all, patience. If this is not
inculcated in young players early, they will never get [to elite levels].”
The session involved the CA coaches taking the under-19s
through training drills and then de-briefing with the local coaches.
Western Australia Cricket Association Regional Cricket
Officer Orazio Santalucia was the mastermind behind the joint venture between
the local and national coaches.
"When the chance arose to have the coaches of that calibre
come down and speak, I thought you’d be crazy not to ask,” Santalucia said.
"The feedback has been great, it provided a good direction
on coaching and reiterated and stressed that cricket is a fun game to be
"The coaches went above and beyond.”
With more than 42,000 registered coaches in Australia and
constant development in coaching courses, the future of the game looks bright
for the next crop of leaders.