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Thatscricket - News - England pulls Marsh over to its academy

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
 
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Sydney: English cricket has scored a considerable coup with the announcement that former Australian Test wicket-keeper Rod Marsh will take charge of its new National Academy.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Confirmed by both the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) this weekend, Marsh, 51, will leave his post as head coach of the Australian Cricket Academy (ACA) to nurture England's next generation of cricketers.The Adelaide-based academy has been a prolific conveyor belt of talent for Australia's Test teams since its inception in 1987, with 27 Test players graduating from the institute.English cricket has wallowed in the meantime with Australia poised to win its seventh consecutive Ashes, leading 2-0 in the current five-Test series, and unbeaten against its traditional rivals since 1989.Marsh, who was the one-time world record holder as wicket-keeper with 355 dismissals in his 96 Tests from 1970-84, is expected to move to England in September.He intends to return with his first intake of British 19-23 year-old cricketers to Adelaide for a pre-Christmas training camp. "I will be leaving Australian cricket on good terms and will always follow very closely the careers of the boys who have attended the academy," Marsh said on Sunday."However, with time comes, new challenges and the opportunity to help another cricketing nation establish a similar program is very exciting." A guide to the outstanding success of the Australian academy and its future benefits is that 10 graduates are currently touring England with Steve Waugh's side.They are headed by the world's greatest leg spinner Shane Warne, fast bowlers Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee, batsmen Michael Slater, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich.Other notable graduates are Greg Blewett, Brendon Julian, Michael Bevan, Andrew Symonds, Stuart Law and Stuart MacGill. Marsh will also offer English cricket his expertise and experience of the Australian program, which fully utilises advances in sports science and sports medicine.Scholarships to the Australian academy are advertised each July and institute coaches visit the Australian Under-17 and Under-19 national championships to assess players in consultation with state associations.From these applications and nominations from the state associations the final selection for scholarships is made. The selection of scholars is directly linked to meeting the medium and long-term needs of Australian cricket.The Australian national selectors determine what type of players should be scholarship holders and are an integral part of the selection panel. There is no age limit. A good spread of batsmen, bowlers and wicket-keepers are selected in order to meet the future needs of the Australian senior squad.England will be hoping for the same success of its new national academy under the guidance of Marsh.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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