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Old 27th April 2017, 05:52   #81
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I can say that Indian fielding has definitely improved, compared to what it used to be in the 90s. For a short while in the 80s, it was good, and we Indians love to talk about stories of Eknath Solkar's catching while fielding close-in to our spinners, but most of our good fielders have come in the last 10-15 years or so.
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Old 27th April 2017, 10:02   #82
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I can say that Indian fielding has definitely improved, compared to what it used to be in the 90s. For a short while in the 80s, it was good, and we Indians love to talk about stories of Eknath Solkar's catching while fielding close-in to our spinners, but most of our good fielders have come in the last 10-15 years or so.
It's improved hugely in the time since the old guard retired. Obviously Dravid a great slipper but back in the 00s there wasn't much athleticism in the field when India were bowling.

I would imagine how good slip fielders were then and are now goes back a little bit to the discussion on bowling speeds over time. Has the positioning and depth of the cordon changed much over the years?
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Old 27th April 2017, 10:09   #83
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... Fielding is the area of the game (along with tailend batting) that has improved most in what I would call the professional era. That suggests that if you work on it you'll get better.
Could you remind us what you call the professional era? You don't actually mean the professional era, do you?

They say Derek Randall used to spend days at Trent Bridge in the winter, aiming at just one stump.
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Old 27th April 2017, 12:05   #84
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Could you remind us what you call the professional era? You don't actually mean the professional era, do you?

They say Derek Randall used to spend days at Trent Bridge in the winter, aiming at just one stump.
Randall was very much ahead of his time in that respect.

And by professional I'm not referring to payment to players so much as the professionalisation of the set-up - the replacement of amateur administrators, selectors etc with professional administrators, trained coaches and physiotherapists and the like. Probably the type of thing you deplore.
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Old 27th April 2017, 12:38   #85
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... And by professional I'm not referring to payment to players so much as the professionalisation of the set-up - the replacement of amateur administrators, selectors etc with professional administrators, trained coaches and physiotherapists and the like. Probably the type of thing you deplore.
Who knows. But as Bukowski generously pointed out in his book "Hollywood", there's something very wonderful about a professional who is good at their job.
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Who knows. But as Bukowski generously pointed out in his book "Hollywood", there's something very wonderful about a professional who is good at their job.
The world is full of wonderful people then.
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So many back-room staff with England and the Lions. Who are they and what do they do? See new faces all the time but it never gets mentioned who they are. I would love to know.

Anyway Jon Lewis is the new Head Coach of the ECB’s Young Lions programme. Took temporary charge of the Under-19s recently.

Trevor Bayliss - coach
Paul Farbrace - assistant coach
Chris Silverwood - bowling coach
Mark Ramprakash - Test batting coach
Graham Thorpe - white ball batting coach
Saqlain Mushtaq - spin consultant
Bruce French - wicket-keeping coach
Carl Hopkinson - fielding coach
Phl Neale - manager (230 Tests)
Craig de Weymarn - physio
Mark Wotherspoon - doctor
Phil Scott - strength and conditioning coach
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Old 17th July 2017, 17:44   #89
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Bayliss and Farbrace have clearly turned around England in the shorter forms but the inconsistency and continual collapses in the test arena can't go on.

My patience is running out. I think it's fair to give him a decent run with Root as captain but a continuation of this level of performance (or worse) to January should see Bayliss and England part company.
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Old 18th July 2017, 07:54   #90
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Yeah, he'll go when we get smashed in Aus.
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Yeah, he'll go when we get smashed in Aus.
When will James Whitaker go?
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When will James Whitaker go?
And Andy Flower. I think only Trott and Root came through as batsmen in his period as coach and he seems to have even less success with developing the Lions batsmen.
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Bayliss getting ripped a new one on Tuffers and Vaughn tonight.

Well worth a listen.
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SA are interested in Ottis Gibson.

http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news...bson-offer-ecb

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Old 5th August 2017, 10:38   #95
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He can go and then come crawling back again when it all goes tits up. It's not like we don't have precedent for that.
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Chris Silverwood or Jon Lewis as a replacement? I would want someone like Donald, Gillespie or Bond.
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"I have asked the England team for their thoughts and they have given me positive feedback," said Du Plessis.

Would Gillespie be interested?
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'That means that the Edgbaston Test could well be his last with England'.

That was quick. I would think Kevin Shine would be the interim bowling coach. He did that before we hired Donald.
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