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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ten Coaches of Ten Test Playing Cricket Nations

There is no question regarding the importance of a coach for a team in any sports. A coach can make a team a powerful side and a team can go down word for a coach. Today I searched on the ten coaches of ten elite test playing cricket teams in the world. I found most of them played cricket earlier and then entered in coaching career.

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John Buchanan

John Buchanan is the present coach of Australia Cricket team. Though he started his career as a cricketer, he could not find is feat in the cricket field as one of the 11 of a team. Rather he could show his talent at the background stage as a coach. He played seven Sheffield Shield matches for Queensland in the 1978-79 seasons. He also played the league cricket of England for Hyde Cricket Club in Cheshir. However, his poor performance both in Australia and England could turn is playing career into an end. On the other hand, his coaching career was totally the opposite of his playing career. In the 1994-9 seasons, Queensland won their first ever Sheffield Shield championship under his coaching. Later Queensland won their second Sheffield Shield title during his coaching time. In 1998 Buchanan also coached Middlesex, a county club of England. Then in 2001 he got the place of Geoff Marsh as the coach of Australian national cricket team and Australia won their all of the first 15 matches under his coaching. Earlier it was difficult to get this position as he had not any experience of playing Test level but his record cold prove that he well-fitted person for this post. In his coaching career Australia won the world cup trophy in 2003. It was not like that he had to change the team overnight as Australia was the then World champion while he was appointed as coach but he worked a lot in some important area. For example, he is very much in using technology. He always tries to analyze the opponent teams in the laptop screen using the video of the previous matches and makes his folks understand the week point of the opponent teams.

Dav Whatmore

This great coach was also a cricketer in his earlier life. However, his performance as a coach could easily surpass his performance as a cricketer. Though he played seven tests and one ODI match for Australia but 293 runs at an average of 22.53 in test was not enough to survive there. However, he scored 6000 runs for Victoria in his first class career. After going into retirement in 1988-89 seasons he started seeking his fate in coaching where he is very successful than many others in the history of cricket. He is best known for his performance with Sri Lankan cricket team. In 1996 World Cup Sri Lanka as an ordinary team at that time could win the world cup under his coaching which turned them a power in world cricket. Dav is now coaching the Bangladesh Cricket team where he has already got some success.

Robert Andrew Woolmer

This former English cricketer is very famous for his coaching skills. Woolmer already showed his talent while coaching the South African national cricket team. At present, he is coaching the Pakistan national cricket team. In his playing career he played 19 test matches and 6 one day international matches. After entering in the test squad of England he spent his best year in his career in 1976 and that year he was elected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He could score 1059 at an average of 33.09 with three test centuries.

Kevin Curran

Kevin Curran is the former Zimbabwean cricketer. He is now the coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team. He played two world cups in 1983 and 1987 for Zimbabwe cricket team. He has been assigned as a coach in a crucial time of Zimbabwean cricket while some former cricket players went into retirement as to show their protest against the politicization of their cricket. While Curran played world cup for Zimbabwe they were not a test playing country and were trying to achieve this prestige from ICC. Unfortunately, now in his coaching career Zimbabwe stands on their self-imposed suspension form test cricket because of the dispute between cricket union and regular players. Kevin Curran is trying his best for the uplift of the team.

Tom Moody

Tom Moody is the former Australian cricketer. He is now the coach of the Sri Lankan national cricket team where he joined in 2005. He started playing cricket form his school days and started playing first class matches for Western Australia in 1985/86 seasons. In his first class career he also played for Warwickshire and Worcestershire. He could score over 20000 runs in his first class career. He did not continue his good performance of first class career in the international level. However, he could play three world cup tournament for Australia in which he played in the final of two world cups in 1987 and 1999 and both times they got the trophy. He has over 1000 one day international runs in his 76 appearance and 456 runs in his 8 test matches at an average of 32.57. After retirement from cricket in 2001 he started working in different administrative level of cricket including coaching, Australian cricketer’s representative director of cricket with Worcestershire.

Duncan Fletcher

This Zimbabwean was a former cricketer for Zimbabwe cricket team. He is the first captain of their one day international history. Zimbabwe got some excellent success in the 1983 world cup under his captaincy including the memorable victory against Australia. In his ODI career, he could score 191 at an average of 47.25 and got seven wickets in his six appearances. He was assigned as the coach of England cricket team to be the first foreign and non test playing coach for England in 1999. He could show his talent in making a good relationship with players and bringing the team into the third position from the bottom in the test table. He got his best ever success with England after defeating Australia in the Ashes series in 2005 after a long time. For this memorable performance he was given the British Citizenship.

Bennett King

This Australian is now the coach of West Indies national cricket team. He was a successful coach of Queensland Bulls. He joined in this club in 1999-2000 season and he led three the team to three Pura cup victories in his three years presence with this club. Then he also worked as the head coach for the Australian Cricekt Academy before being appointed as the coach of West Indies.

Greg Chappell

This former Australian cricketer who has over 7000 test and 2000 ODI runs in his playing career. Chappell was also captain of Australia. He ahs 24 test centuries and an average of 53.86 in test cricket. This famous Australian has 47 test and 72 ODI wickets in his career. In spite of his good performance in the field, he also made some controversies both in his playing and coaching career. Chappell, the then captain of Australia, inspired his brother Trevor Chappell to bowl underarm in an one day international match against New Zealand in 1981 which was much criticized over the cricket world and is still considered as an example of non sportsmanship. In his coaching career initially he was though to be a high profile coach for India but he unfortunately involved in a controversy with the then captain of India Sourav Ganguly which followed the Ganguly’s elimination from the team. It is yet to see how he will convert his playing success in his coaching career.

John Bracewell

This former New Zealand cricketer is now the coach of New Zealand cricket team. He played 41 test and 5 ODI matches in his career. He scored over 1000 and 500 runs in test and ODI cricket respectively. He got 102 wickets in test cricket while got 33 in ODI cricket. His got five wickets in test cricket once and his best bowling figure in test career is 10/106. Bracewell was appointed as coach in 2003.

Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur is now coaching the South African national team. He never got chance to appear in international level. However, this South African played his first class matches in the domestic league of South Africa and he has over 6657 runs in his first class career. His coaching is not too long. After his retirement in 2000-01 he started coaching in his former club Griquas in the domestic league of South Africa and under his coaching the club could reach to the finals of the Standard Bank Pro20 series and then in 2003 he joined in Eastern Cape side where he also helped the team to reach at the final of the to the finals of the Standard Bank Pro20 series. Having observing this performance he was assigned as the coach of South Africa cricket team in 2005 making a bit surprise.

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