Australian team could have another boot camp

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Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 15:35 [IST]
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Australian team could have boot camp

Melbourne, Mar 14: Australian cricketers could have another round of boot camp before the Ashes tour to England later this year.

The man who was involved in John Buchanan's boot camp in 2006 has offered to help the team ahead of the Ashes series in July.

David Apps, an ex-British SAS instructor was with Buchanan and has now got in touch with Cricket Australia (CA) to conduct a two-day leadership and training boot camp in the UK, according to "The Courier-Mail" newspaper. And the report says that he has got an "encouraging response" from CA.

Apps had worked on the Buchanan boot camp in Sunshine Coast hinterland. It was criticised by many. He also held a camp for Australia's youth cricketers before last year's under-19 World Cup in Townsville.

"These camps are run by ex-Special Forces personnel who have the ability to know how to get the best out of players in often challenging and arduous conditions," Apps told "The Courier-Mail".

"Activities include physically demanding activities to speed up the fatigue process before they are then given challenges and tasks in which one needs to make quick, precise and clear decisions in order to achieve the team objective.

"It is also useful to have players making quick, accurate decisions out of their comfort zones while tired and under duress.

"These methods are tried and tested and while we are not there to teach them how to play cricket, we can certainly add our value in the decision-making processes and way of thinking in order to assist them."


Story first published:  Thursday, March 14, 2013, 14:45 [IST]
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