Australia news May 17, 2012

McDermott's legacy must be maintained

The major requirement of Craig McDermott's successor will be to ensure that his predecessor's basic tenets are kept close to the minds of Australia's bowlers
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Among the more succinct lines uttered by John Buchanan in his time as Australia's head coach was a stated desire to ultimately make himself redundant. Buchanan argued that if he was doing his job successfully, then the players under him would soon learn to make their own decisions, leaving the coach to concentrate on more strategic matters.

In less than 12 months as Australia's bowling coach, Craig McDermott has gone close to achieving this goal. He adopted a mantra simple enough to be quickly taken in by the bowlers in Australia's pace battery. It read a little something like this: be as fit as you can possibly be, pitch the ball up to allow it to swing, tempt batsmen into driving, and so open up the possibility of catches in the slips, or bowled and LBW dismissals. At the same time McDermott counselled the captain Michael Clarke to not be afraid of a few cover drives whizzing through the field, for in those runs came the promise of wickets should a batsman miscalculate.

Now that McDermott has left the job, far more quickly than many in Cricket Australia would have liked though they understand his family-oriented reasoning, his message is simple enough for it to be carried on by those same bowlers in his absence. Likewise Clarke should not need too many reminders that the drive is far from a dirty word in the field.

McDermott's exit is unfortunately timed in some respects. Most of the other outstanding candidates for such a role are now safely locked away by other national teams, England's David Saker and New Zealand's Damien Wright among them. Allan Donald is at home with South Africa, and another past applicant, Andy Bichel, is happily employed part-time as a selector with little inclination to take on the punishing schedule dictated by the job of bowling mentor.

Of the next tier, Jason Gillespie is in his first season as the coach of Yorkshire, Shane Jurgensen is coaching Bangladesh, and Joe Dawes has gone from Queensland to India via South Australia. Allister de Winter, Tasmania's bowling coach and a rival candidate to McDermott last time, has been promoted in his state to coach the Hurricanes Big Bash League team. Damien Fleming, another with the right kind of experience and approach, has carved out a career juggling media, coaching and all-round joviality that would be somewhat curtailed by full-time touring duty.

Australian newspapers will today carry an advertisement for the position of bowling coach, emphasising the role's importance and the characteristics required by anyone wishing to apply. If there is anything the new man can add to the mix it is a more varied approach to the challenges of bowling in limited-overs matches: McDermott's methods proved to be just the thing Australia needed in Test matches, but in ODIs and Twenty20s a certain inconsistency remains. That task will likely be handled by staff rotated through the Centre of Excellence on Australia's next tour, to Ireland and England for six one-day matches.

The major requirement of McDermott's successor will be to ensure that his predecessor's basic tenets are kept close to the minds and training patterns of the bowlers. Peter Siddle and James Pattinson must be reminded of the success they enjoyed by bowling full and swinging it, Ben Hilfenhaus kept committed to the strong body action and subtle variations at the crease that make his outswinger doubly dangerous, Ryan Harris reminded that it is just fine to be pushed down the ground every now and then. Younger bucks like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will need a mentor to take them through the butterflies and doubts of their early steps in the international game, and in this area another coach with a Test match past would help.

McDermott, of course, will not be lost entirely to the Australian set-up. He will still work as a consultant at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, giving him the chance to influence the development of Australia's younger quicks, much as he did before assuming the more senior role. In this he will be able to continue imbuing the young with the same simple lessons he brought with refreshing directness to the national team. Even though McDermott will no longer be able to perch himself watchfully at the long on fence, as he commonly did during the past year, his influence will remain.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Meety on May 20, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @hyclass- just like to point out that it was under Buchannan that Hodges/Rogers & DHussey were first shunned. As per the Chris Rogers article that appeared on this site recently, golf professionals require coaches, they also require caddies advising them how to play a hole/course. I agree that superficially speaking, bowling is not rocket science, (at least for Thommo who used to just let it go "whang"), but players in all sports need some form of 3rd party analysis. I think some of what has been written about Craig Mac varies between simplistic & folklore, however, there are some fundamentals that he did re-introduce. For example, it has been well documented that the "Victorian way" is to bang it in short of a length. Both Pattinson & Siddle have acknowledged that CMac, implored them to change their lengths & it has appeared to bear fruit. Hilfy can be said to have recived a lot of coaching after the Ashes at Tassie, so how much can be accredited to CMac is debatable-point is coached!

  • tearawayquick on May 19, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Prasad has more test wickets than many of the other candidates mentioned in this article..He has already beeen the bowling coach of India and was responsible for moulding Ishant Sharma... If Mushtaq Ahmed can coach England Team why cant Prasad be the coach Aus..

  • mcj.cricinfo on May 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    McDermott did an absolutely fantastic job to revitalise the Aus bowling attack, assisted ably with good captaincy by Clarke. Pity he is not going to be around for the huge series coming up against SA & Eng, because it's bowlers that win matches.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Yes venkatesh would b gd only if aussies want to b thrashd apart home n away in all formats

  • hyclass on May 19, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Imagine having to tell a professional that when he bowls, he's supposed to..wait for it-think about where he bowls it! How many options does he really have?Buchanan's legacy is the that of intelligence,not technique,that continues to go unheeded.Under the old system,players were selected on long term performance.No other theories were necessary because all that mattered was results in 1st class cricket.It created an atmosphere of certainty and competition that has ceased to exist. Only in the last 5 years has the observation of this timeless tenet been ignored. To do so,it has required those in charge to develop policies that twist facts to fit theories instead of the reverse. It co-incides with the hurried introduction of BBL in Australia. It includes,the technique,fitness and age myths and has seen those at CA publicly villifying the Shield,curators,players,Institutes,Test cricket & has seen the Argus Review.Make 1st class performance over time the metier & all else falls into place

  • skkh on May 19, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    tearawayquick ..you must surely be joking mate.

  • on May 19, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Pick a West Indian, Australia. We have Andy Roberts, Wesley Hall, Colin Croft, Michael Holding, and of course Otis Gibson, who most likely will be available soon. You know Aussies, the West Indies perfected the art of fast bowling. Just ask Kim Hughes.

  • tearawayquick on May 18, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Venkatesh Prasad should be available after the IPL season...

  • Aussasinator on May 18, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    In a situation of plenty what's the fuss about? 1. Ryan Harris 2. Pattinson 3. Peter Siddle 4. Pat Cummins 5. Starc 6. Mitchell JOhnson 7. Brett Lee. That's 7 quickies who can break down any over. But the Oz need three at a time.That should be manageable.But Pattinson has already slowed down after return and Cummins most probably should be slower too.Management for Mcdermott is all about injury management rather than any skill improvement.

  • popcorn on May 18, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    John Buchanan was the BEST Coach EVER in Cricket History. To see that Crag McDermott is followed his footsteps in builfding the Fast Bowling Stocks is heartening.Yes,we need a good bowling coach - maybe two - one for fast bowling, the other for spin.How about David Saker or Ali deWinter for fast bowling and Sturat Macgill or Brad Hogg for spin?

  • Meety on May 20, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @hyclass- just like to point out that it was under Buchannan that Hodges/Rogers & DHussey were first shunned. As per the Chris Rogers article that appeared on this site recently, golf professionals require coaches, they also require caddies advising them how to play a hole/course. I agree that superficially speaking, bowling is not rocket science, (at least for Thommo who used to just let it go "whang"), but players in all sports need some form of 3rd party analysis. I think some of what has been written about Craig Mac varies between simplistic & folklore, however, there are some fundamentals that he did re-introduce. For example, it has been well documented that the "Victorian way" is to bang it in short of a length. Both Pattinson & Siddle have acknowledged that CMac, implored them to change their lengths & it has appeared to bear fruit. Hilfy can be said to have recived a lot of coaching after the Ashes at Tassie, so how much can be accredited to CMac is debatable-point is coached!

  • tearawayquick on May 19, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Prasad has more test wickets than many of the other candidates mentioned in this article..He has already beeen the bowling coach of India and was responsible for moulding Ishant Sharma... If Mushtaq Ahmed can coach England Team why cant Prasad be the coach Aus..

  • mcj.cricinfo on May 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    McDermott did an absolutely fantastic job to revitalise the Aus bowling attack, assisted ably with good captaincy by Clarke. Pity he is not going to be around for the huge series coming up against SA & Eng, because it's bowlers that win matches.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Yes venkatesh would b gd only if aussies want to b thrashd apart home n away in all formats

  • hyclass on May 19, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Imagine having to tell a professional that when he bowls, he's supposed to..wait for it-think about where he bowls it! How many options does he really have?Buchanan's legacy is the that of intelligence,not technique,that continues to go unheeded.Under the old system,players were selected on long term performance.No other theories were necessary because all that mattered was results in 1st class cricket.It created an atmosphere of certainty and competition that has ceased to exist. Only in the last 5 years has the observation of this timeless tenet been ignored. To do so,it has required those in charge to develop policies that twist facts to fit theories instead of the reverse. It co-incides with the hurried introduction of BBL in Australia. It includes,the technique,fitness and age myths and has seen those at CA publicly villifying the Shield,curators,players,Institutes,Test cricket & has seen the Argus Review.Make 1st class performance over time the metier & all else falls into place

  • skkh on May 19, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    tearawayquick ..you must surely be joking mate.

  • on May 19, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Pick a West Indian, Australia. We have Andy Roberts, Wesley Hall, Colin Croft, Michael Holding, and of course Otis Gibson, who most likely will be available soon. You know Aussies, the West Indies perfected the art of fast bowling. Just ask Kim Hughes.

  • tearawayquick on May 18, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Venkatesh Prasad should be available after the IPL season...

  • Aussasinator on May 18, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    In a situation of plenty what's the fuss about? 1. Ryan Harris 2. Pattinson 3. Peter Siddle 4. Pat Cummins 5. Starc 6. Mitchell JOhnson 7. Brett Lee. That's 7 quickies who can break down any over. But the Oz need three at a time.That should be manageable.But Pattinson has already slowed down after return and Cummins most probably should be slower too.Management for Mcdermott is all about injury management rather than any skill improvement.

  • popcorn on May 18, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    John Buchanan was the BEST Coach EVER in Cricket History. To see that Crag McDermott is followed his footsteps in builfding the Fast Bowling Stocks is heartening.Yes,we need a good bowling coach - maybe two - one for fast bowling, the other for spin.How about David Saker or Ali deWinter for fast bowling and Sturat Macgill or Brad Hogg for spin?

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 18, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @frisvalds... to not know what any of yr magnificent seven are up to suggests you do not know much about cricket, listening to it or watching it... And to suggest Strauss Cook Trott are sheep underlines it... 517/1 ring a bell?? ; )

  • satish619chandar on May 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    McDermott was excellent while he lasted and showed improvements out of nowhere.. But calling it a legacy is just too much.. Legacy is what you call when done for a period of time and not one year or less.. WI and Australians domination were legacy whereas, India and England holding No.1 is not legacy!!

  • Moppa on May 18, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @zenboomerang, I kind of agree with you, but it seems to me plenty of players get to Test level without working this out (recent examples: Siddle, and before him Brett Lee - in fact Brett Lee took about eight years to work it out). Perhaps short of a length stuff unsettles grade and first-class batsmen, particularly if the pitch is conducive, but I think it is useless against a truly Test class batsman. You or I could tell Pattinson et al to pitch the ball up, but they'd be more likely to listen if we had 291 Test wickets like McDermott. @skkh, I don't think we can credit McDermott with Hilf's revival. Hilf didn't spend anywhere near the amount of time with McDermott as Siddle, Pattinson and possibly Starc. Anecdotally I understand most of the credit goes to Ali de Winter at Tasmania (and Hilf's knee surgeon).

  • on May 18, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Mcgrath should take up the role though not sure as he was not an advocate f pitched-up swing bowling but what should be more scary for everyone is the brittle top order and the absence of any suitable replacements...I think some how the Aussies have missed a gud batsman in Ferguson

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on May 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    They must find someone whose coaching philosophy is along the limes of mcdermott , Wasim akram is definitley an all time great but am not so sure about his ability as a long time coach in Australian cricket culture , i may be wrong..

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Glenn McGrath should be the idea replacement. He was undoubtedly Australia's best bowler by far and the only one in the australian team to have played more than 100 tests and taken more than 500 wickets. No one else comes near him.

  • zenboomerang on May 18, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Legacy?... A fast bowler needs to bowl at a full length aiming to hit the top of off-stump allowing the deviation (swing & seam) to put the ball in the "zone of doubt" & add variations of width from the bowling crease... If a fast bowler hasn't worked that out by the age of 15 he shouldn't be in the team... It says a lot about the Oz bowlers personal coaches as much as it does about themselves... Otherwise, this article is just a cut & paste of my comments on Hilfy, & other posters over the past few weeks...

  • alonetiger on May 18, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    i think he was more talented than denis lillee.one of the beautifull run up and bowling style along with allan donald and there is no such fit and naturally build bowlerz than him,reminding his man of the match performance in 87 world cup on the dead pitches of pakistan and india,and than he kept showing his abilities till 96,,now we talk about his coaching so just have a look at the ozi pace battery since last one year,,and the proof is siddle,hiffy,patty,mckay,these guys should say thanks to him coz they were playing so long but they became real stars with big performences during his one year coaching..gud luck craig

  • on May 18, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    If you can't get the great one DK Lillee, the next best would be Wasim Akram

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 18, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Wasim Akram might not be a bad option Rememer watching on star cricket's coverage of india's tour to aus how he helped starc but anyways the coach needs to have played test cricket

    i get a funny feeling that damien fleming will be an outstanding option but i still agree with ian chappell's theory that at the international level a bowling coach cant teach a bowler how to bowl and if people say dat a bowling coach can mentor a bowling unit i feel if u are good enough to play international cricket u need 2 b mentally strong

    and some people have going over the top claiming siddle is oz's best bowler i will tell them just one thing if we indians get a bowler half as good as ryan harris we wil b blessed he is a real complete bowler gets good outswing seams it both ways has a sharp bouncer i would say he is as good as steyn on bowlerfriendly wickets but on flat wickets harris is da best

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  • skkh on May 18, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    "Aussasinator"..sorry mate but I do not agree to your comments. Katich is past history mate and his sacking was a little premature but he has not done anything worthwhile after his exit and bringing him back would be a very wrong move. The batting is the major headache for Australia. Warner does not look a test batsman by any standards. Cowan needs to be there at the top but needs to score more heavily. Watson was some time a very promising prospect. But he seemed to be a 50-60 batsman with just a few 100's. His demotion from opening to one drop has made him less effective. Do not blame his low scores on Ponting. Yes Ricky is past his best and will not long last but he should be in the Australian team for some more time. Clarke despite his scores against the listless Indians is too flashy to inspire confidence. It is this that worries me, the batting and I question as to what Langer has done so far? He ought to be sacked and replaced by someone like Barry Richards if available.

  • Meety on May 18, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    @Stephen Miller - whilst I do believe Wasim could be of significant benefit, he has publicly stated that he only seems to be able to help Left Handers. So I think we have 3 left hand pacers in MJ, Bollinger & Starc (+Putland & Faulkner??) that WOULD get use out of him, I think he'd best be of sevice as a short term consultant. @Aussasinator - we are talking about Langar as the BATTING COACH!!!!! Please keep up, or just concentrate on IPL!

  • Aussasinator on May 18, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    1. Mcdermott gave a new definition to Aussie pace and his style is most relevant to Australia now. 2. Someone said a replacement for Justin Langer is needed. They already had one in Simon Katich but he was dropped in his prime only to retain a more celebrated but less capable man who was well past his prime. Katich is still the best batsman Australia can have, on par with Michael Hussey. His recall will boost the Australian top 4. The top four is the weakest link preventing a doinating side from emerging. Watson is on the verge of drifting into a T20 specialist, with his best Test innings not crossing 50s and 60s. HIs slot is best as an all rounder batting in the middle but that can happen only if Ponting is shown the door. Watson's handling is being affected by Ponting''s continued presence as is the simultaneous entry of Peter Forrest.

  • Dashgar on May 18, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Remember McDermott's tenets also worked well in Sri Lanka. Yes in India the fast bowlers will need more than just one plan but we haven't see Siddle or the others abandon bouncers, yorkers and the odd one at the ribs. It's just that the full ball should be the stock ball. We don't know enough about Cummins yet but if Pattinson keeps bowling like he has been he'll get a mountain of test wickets in all conditions.

  • skkh on May 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Give Craig McDermott the credit he deserves. In one year he turned the likes of Siddle and Hilfy into very good bowlers. I cannot foresee any other bowler having this effect on the Australian bowlers. If only he could have continued till the Ashes. In one of the comments Wasim is mentioned as a replacement. Wasim was a great bowler but he can never have the effect that Craig had. The Aussies need to find a replacement for Langer too who is like Troy Cooley. The batting is still a disaster and we need to find a good replacement and to my mind comes Barry Richards if he is available.

  • Meety on May 18, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    @the_blue_android - I would argue pitching the ball up is of high importance in India, as short bowling is usually a waste of energy, except for the occasional shock factor. Bear in mind Cummins brief career involved good T20 Champ league performances in India. @sifter132 - don't agree re: Craig Mac, but do agree re: Langar, if the Argus report was about performance, the batsmen's scorecards during Langar's time has at times been woeful. I wanted him sacked after Newlands. I think Langar (like Nielsen) were/are nice blokes, Langar could be very useful as an assistant coach, (thinking about communication & Ozzy spirit), I almost died with laughter when he (Langar) applied for the Head Coach role! @Moppa - agree, Steyn didn't have any troubles swinging the ball in India! @Jared Hansen, LOL! - yes I didn't think any of those are viable contenders, Rackemann is trying to get into State parliament in QLD too! Dunno but I thought G Gilmour is still heavily involved in Indoor cricket?

  • bobagorof on May 17, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    It's a shame that McDermott won't be on hand to provide close advice to the pace bowlers who are on their first trip to England, but at least the simple philosophy should hold them in good stead. Hopefully the team will be able to perform without a specialist bowling coach for a little while at least, with the main coach (Micky Arthur) able to keep up the skills training and keep the guys in form.

  • on May 17, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    What about an overseas coach? What's Wasim doing?

  • on May 17, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    @Frisvalds I think Lawson is coaching overseas, Terry Alderman seems to be signed up with ABC for radio commentary and Paul Reiffel is an umpire. I don't know what the rest are up to.

  • Moppa on May 17, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @sifter132, agreed that Troy Cooley was useless, but I don't think you give McDermott enough credit - I've never seen such an amazing turn around in two players as Siddle and Pattinson (saw Pattinson play in PM's XI in Jan 2011 and he was ordinary). It is well known McDermott spent a lot of time with these players working on the length they were bowling. Siddle was the bowler of the Australian summer for me, after being too short, inconsistent and generally expensive. @blue android, you call Adelaide Oval and the SCG 'swinging and seaming conditions'? Did you watch these games? It was just good bowling. Good bowling will succeed anywhere, but the measure of success is definitely different in India than most other places. Australia succeeded in India in 2004 with a full and straight strategy, and they can do it again (if the bowlers can execute the strategy as well as McGrath, Gillespie and Kasprowicz... which I admit is quite a big if)

  • sifter132 on May 17, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    i tend to agree mr android. McDermott did a good job, but I think it seems more special than it really was, chiefly because his predecessor, Troy Cooley, was largely useless. I can't name one bowler who improved under Cooley - maybe Nathan Hauritz. Raw guys like Siddle and Johnson were very rough even after spending a lot of time with Cooley. I think coaching change is often a good thing anyway, you never know how new ideas will go until they are tried. That's why I'm hanging out for Justin Langer to be replaced as batting coach. He's having a Cooley-esque effect on our batsmen...none of the young guys have improved at all...

  • Frisvalds on May 17, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    I'm not sure what they're up to nowadays, but why not hire the magnificent seven: Carl Rackemann, Terry Alderman, Bruce Reid, Paul Reiffel, Geoff Lawson, Gary Gilmour and Bob Massey? The seven would take one look at Strauss, Cook, Trott and co and teach Cummins and Pattinson that "If God didn't want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep."

  • the_blue_android on May 17, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Not questioning the genius of McDermott, great bowler but let's not get away with his coaching 'legacy'. This strategy of pitching up may be fine and dandy against old sluggish Indian batsmen playing in swining and seaming conditions. Let's see how this strategy works when Australia visits India where the dust bowls and dead pitches don't allow much swing or against English batsmen who don't play airy fairy drives across the line. Even domestic Indian batsmen will take Cummins and Pattinson to the cleaners if they keep pitching it up.

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  • the_blue_android on May 17, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Not questioning the genius of McDermott, great bowler but let's not get away with his coaching 'legacy'. This strategy of pitching up may be fine and dandy against old sluggish Indian batsmen playing in swining and seaming conditions. Let's see how this strategy works when Australia visits India where the dust bowls and dead pitches don't allow much swing or against English batsmen who don't play airy fairy drives across the line. Even domestic Indian batsmen will take Cummins and Pattinson to the cleaners if they keep pitching it up.

  • Frisvalds on May 17, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    I'm not sure what they're up to nowadays, but why not hire the magnificent seven: Carl Rackemann, Terry Alderman, Bruce Reid, Paul Reiffel, Geoff Lawson, Gary Gilmour and Bob Massey? The seven would take one look at Strauss, Cook, Trott and co and teach Cummins and Pattinson that "If God didn't want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep."

  • sifter132 on May 17, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    i tend to agree mr android. McDermott did a good job, but I think it seems more special than it really was, chiefly because his predecessor, Troy Cooley, was largely useless. I can't name one bowler who improved under Cooley - maybe Nathan Hauritz. Raw guys like Siddle and Johnson were very rough even after spending a lot of time with Cooley. I think coaching change is often a good thing anyway, you never know how new ideas will go until they are tried. That's why I'm hanging out for Justin Langer to be replaced as batting coach. He's having a Cooley-esque effect on our batsmen...none of the young guys have improved at all...

  • Moppa on May 17, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @sifter132, agreed that Troy Cooley was useless, but I don't think you give McDermott enough credit - I've never seen such an amazing turn around in two players as Siddle and Pattinson (saw Pattinson play in PM's XI in Jan 2011 and he was ordinary). It is well known McDermott spent a lot of time with these players working on the length they were bowling. Siddle was the bowler of the Australian summer for me, after being too short, inconsistent and generally expensive. @blue android, you call Adelaide Oval and the SCG 'swinging and seaming conditions'? Did you watch these games? It was just good bowling. Good bowling will succeed anywhere, but the measure of success is definitely different in India than most other places. Australia succeeded in India in 2004 with a full and straight strategy, and they can do it again (if the bowlers can execute the strategy as well as McGrath, Gillespie and Kasprowicz... which I admit is quite a big if)

  • on May 17, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    @Frisvalds I think Lawson is coaching overseas, Terry Alderman seems to be signed up with ABC for radio commentary and Paul Reiffel is an umpire. I don't know what the rest are up to.

  • on May 17, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    What about an overseas coach? What's Wasim doing?

  • bobagorof on May 17, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    It's a shame that McDermott won't be on hand to provide close advice to the pace bowlers who are on their first trip to England, but at least the simple philosophy should hold them in good stead. Hopefully the team will be able to perform without a specialist bowling coach for a little while at least, with the main coach (Micky Arthur) able to keep up the skills training and keep the guys in form.

  • Meety on May 18, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    @the_blue_android - I would argue pitching the ball up is of high importance in India, as short bowling is usually a waste of energy, except for the occasional shock factor. Bear in mind Cummins brief career involved good T20 Champ league performances in India. @sifter132 - don't agree re: Craig Mac, but do agree re: Langar, if the Argus report was about performance, the batsmen's scorecards during Langar's time has at times been woeful. I wanted him sacked after Newlands. I think Langar (like Nielsen) were/are nice blokes, Langar could be very useful as an assistant coach, (thinking about communication & Ozzy spirit), I almost died with laughter when he (Langar) applied for the Head Coach role! @Moppa - agree, Steyn didn't have any troubles swinging the ball in India! @Jared Hansen, LOL! - yes I didn't think any of those are viable contenders, Rackemann is trying to get into State parliament in QLD too! Dunno but I thought G Gilmour is still heavily involved in Indoor cricket?

  • skkh on May 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Give Craig McDermott the credit he deserves. In one year he turned the likes of Siddle and Hilfy into very good bowlers. I cannot foresee any other bowler having this effect on the Australian bowlers. If only he could have continued till the Ashes. In one of the comments Wasim is mentioned as a replacement. Wasim was a great bowler but he can never have the effect that Craig had. The Aussies need to find a replacement for Langer too who is like Troy Cooley. The batting is still a disaster and we need to find a good replacement and to my mind comes Barry Richards if he is available.

  • Dashgar on May 18, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Remember McDermott's tenets also worked well in Sri Lanka. Yes in India the fast bowlers will need more than just one plan but we haven't see Siddle or the others abandon bouncers, yorkers and the odd one at the ribs. It's just that the full ball should be the stock ball. We don't know enough about Cummins yet but if Pattinson keeps bowling like he has been he'll get a mountain of test wickets in all conditions.