Five of the most promising spinners from NSW and two from the ACT have been among 20 young slow bowlers to receive a week of intensive coaching at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
Former Test players Ashley Mallett, Beau Casson, Johan Botha and Xavier Doherty and NSW off-spinner Anthony Clark were among a number of national and state coaches to work with the group.
Off-spinner Arjun Nair, who has already played Sheffield Shield cricket for the Blues, was joined by Daniel Fallins, Devlin Malone, Jason Sangha and Param Uppal from NSW while Thomas Engelbrecht and Ben Taylor were included from the ACT.
“We want to build a really strong spin culture,” National Performance Program Head Coach Troy Cooley said.
“The game has changed for spinners, and over the last few years at the NCC we have had a huge shift to ensure spin bowling takes it rightful place in the skill component of our program. This is on the back of Australia wanting to dominate and win overseas at the top level, where the spinning ball can play a big part.
“The National Spin Program identifies coaches and spinners from around the country to come up here for this opportunity, and it creates a great environment to develop the art of spin bowling and from a batting perspective, the tactics to succeed against spin.
“We want to offer a different experience as part of the overall program, and for us to create the opportunity at the front end of our program, especially with our quicks still in hibernation and that strength-building, development phase, it’s the perfect time to take that opportunity in outdoor conditions with the turf pitches and subcontinent-style pitches we’ve got here.”