You may have heard that I have left the employ of the ECB.
My job was to coach the English players in the art of batting. With almost 45,000 first class runs under my belt, I could be considered somewhat qualified.
I was banned from Test cricket for 3 years and still have the most runs for England. That’s more than Alistair Cook, Paul Downton and Giles Clarke combined.
I guess having the skills to teach players how to bat for days against Walsh, Marshall, Imran, Lillee, Thommo and Hadlee are no longer relevant. These guys bowled with pace, skill and guile.
The batting coach these days needs to be able to teach players how to face slow chuckers and slog.
My lack of T20 experience is a clear shortfall which I won’t be working on. The Dilscoop and reverse sweep have no interest for me.
Did I mention I have been a full time cricket coach since 2001? I’ve seen this shit before. It’s not new, special, strategic or different.
Prior to taking over as batting coach in 2009, English batsmen had scored only 6 test double-centuries in 15 years. Jason Gillespie had scored more.
15 months after later, England had already beaten that total. Just saying.
I think they call it insecurity. Downton has it. Cook has it in spades. Giles Clark should have it wearing stupid suits like he does.
So England. I wish you well. You batted like dogs in the Ashes and you want to pin it on me.
How about this for an alternate view.
You were badly lead. Mentally, you fell apart. Senior players quit mid tour because they couldn’t be stuffed. You fielded KP at long leg because he had thoughts on the game. You held secret team meetings without the coaches and leaked the details.
Is that the batting coaches fault?
Sounds to me like the captain has no idea what leadership means