English cricket / Dennis Lillee

English cricket / Dennis Lillee

Post by Andrew Clar » Fri, 25 Jun 1993 12:56:19


In today's Sydney Morning Herald there is an interview with the great
Australian paceman by Philip Derriman:

England was now paying the penalty for a huge decline in school cricket in
recent decades, and he feared Australia faced a similar danger. [When
playing for Northants] "I said, 'Go to all the schools and bring the boys
to me ... and I'll coach them. You know how many I saw? Six! Not six
schools -- six boys. ... They told me there were only two schools in the
whole county that played cricket. Two schools! There aren't large feeding
grounds any more in England. *That worries me in Australia too, because of
the school system. A lot of teachers aren't prepared to do the
after-school thing they used to do, andI'm just worried ... we'll be left
without the feeding grounds, just as they are in England* We've got to be
very careful because all the other sports are really nurturing their feeding
grounds"

Cf the situation in India as reported in The Independent. Bring on the
Patels ...


 
 
 

English cricket / Dennis Lillee

Post by NILESH A. PAT » Fri, 25 Jun 1993 18:53:58


Quote:
>In today's Sydney Morning Herald there is an interview with the great
>Australian paceman by Philip Derriman:

>England was now paying the penalty for a huge decline in school cricket in
>recent decades, and he feared Australia faced a similar danger. [When
>playing for Northants] "I said, 'Go to all the schools and bring the boys
>to me ... and I'll coach them. You know how many I saw? Six! Not six
>schools -- six boys. ... They told me there were only two schools in the
>whole county that played cricket. Two schools! There aren't large feeding
>grounds any more in England. *That worries me in Australia too, because of
>the school system. A lot of teachers aren't prepared to do the
>after-school thing they used to do, andI'm just worried ... we'll be left
>without the feeding grounds, just as they are in England* We've got to be
>very careful because all the other sports are really nurturing their feeding
>grounds"

>Cf the situation in India as reported in The Independent. Bring on the
>Patels ...



Well as far as  cricket goes in Bombay,it is not the patel's who
call the  shots but the -----kar's(gavaskar,vengsarkar,tendulkar,manjrekar
.....as players and achrekar as coach).

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English cricket / Dennis Lillee

Post by Andrew Co » Sun, 27 Jun 1993 00:34:15

I fear you are right about the lack of school cricket. However, all is not gloom.
The National Cricket Assoc. in the UK has done a tremendous amount of work in the
last five years or so (too much to talk about here) to get school cricket back on
track. It will take some time before the effect is seen at the international level
but it was just this week that I read of a 15 year old who hit 234 in 20 overs in
the final of a regional youth competition.....

The NCA has also installed 70 artificial pitches around the country this summer.
Hopefully this will provide good surfaces for school kids without the school
masters having to work too hard....

AC