Yorkshire turns to India for coaching spinners

Published: Friday, November 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Nine players from English cricket county Yorkshire are currently training in India, the home of spin bowling, to master the nuances of the turning ball.

Test spinner Richard Dawson is among the nine working out under the hot sun at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) under the tutelage of former Indian batsman Hanumant Singh and Yorkshire batting coach Kevin Sharp.

"We're obviously learning a lot of new techniques here," said Dawson, the 21-year-old off-spinner whose seven Tests so far have fetched him 11 wickets.

"Back in England we don't play against spin like this and it is a very good opportunity to learn a lot of tricks."

Yorkshire, home of past greats like Len Hutton and Geoffery Boycott and current England captain Michael Vaughan, has chosen India to train during the English winter over the last few years.

One beneficiary of the coaching is Andrew Strauss, who came to India as a rookie three years ago and now has seven Test centuries as an England opener.

"The whole set-up over here at the CCI is quite sensational and the ground of this private club is far superior to Test grounds," said Sharp.

"The practice pitches are excellent and the coaches are exceptionally good. There are so many young bowlers on hand - about 25 a day - that each of our players can bat for up to two hours at a time.

"Our two spinners, Dawson and Mark Lawson, are getting in plenty of overs as well as developing their batting.

"There is an incredible amount of local talent in Mumbai. Our guys have spent a lot of time talking to the local bowlers and coaches and they are on a fantastic learning curve."

Yorkshire are currently in division two of the county championship and finished third behind Lancashire and Durham in the recent season.

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