India news February 14, 2012

Joe Dawes to replace Eric Simons as India bowling coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

India will replace their bowling coach Eric Simons with former Queensland fast bowler Joe Dawes at the end of the tour of Australia. Simons' contract expires after the tour, ending his two-year tenure with the Indian team.

The topic of Simons' contract was brought up at the BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai on Monday. Replacing him is the first change India will make to their support staff after losing their last eight away Tests.

Simons said he did not want to continue with the Indian team beyond the Australia tour. "The full story is that after the World Cup, Duncan Fletcher asked me to stay on. I agreed to stay on until after the England tour. I was then asked to continue to Australia and told them that I would not be able to extend beyond that," he said. "During the West Indies series in India, I was asked if I would reconsider and said that I could not, as I had effectively been away from home for two years. I was never going to continue beyond the Australia series."

MS Dhoni, the India captain, was full of praise for Simons. "Eric has been brilliant," he said. "He has been with us for quite some time. He knows our culture, how we work, and he understands each and every bowler. What's also important is what we speak and what we mean [they can be different]. Sometimes the bowlers say something, but they mean something else. That only comes in once the bowling coach has spent some time with the youngsters and the bowlers who are set in the side. Had a good experience with him, and hopefully the new bowling coach, whoever comes, does a good job."

Simons, who joined India as a bowling consultant in 2010, was named coach of the Delhi Daredevils for the 2012 IPL season. A former South Africa allrounder, Simons was initially part of Gary Kirsten's coaching staff, but remained with the squad when Kirsten did not renew his contract after the 2011 World Cup.

India's new bowling coach, Dawes, played 76 first-class matches for Queensland between 1997 and 2005, often having to wait his turn behind Australia bowlers Michael Kasprowicz and Andy Bichel. His career was cut short by a knee injury following which he became involved in coaching. He started with Queensland and also worked part-time for Middlesex and the Marylebone Cricket Club. He became bowling coach of South Australia in June 2011 and was also bowling coach of the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League 2011-12.

"Joe has made a big impact in a short time," South Australian Cricket Association's director of cricket Jamie Cox said, "and while we are sad to see him go, we are very happy that one of our coaching staff has made the move into the international arena.

"Joe has made a great contribution with our young bowling group, known colloquially as the 'Wolf Pack'. Working alongside Darren Berry, he has helped instill some real toughness and integrity into the group."

Dawes worked well with the young bowlers at South Australia and has helped them reach the top of the table in the ongoing Ryobi Cup. He said he was optimistic about the abilities of young India bowlers. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Darren Berry and being part of the culture he has fostered with the Redbacks and the Strikers," Dawes said. "To be able to take that knowledge and apply it in the international arena was too great an opportunity to miss.

"I can also see lots of emerging talent within the Indian group and it is very exciting to be able to move into a strong system within the BCCI."

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  • Rupesh on February 16, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    We need to have Talent Scouts - 4 head scouts for 4 regions - under them 7-8 assistants. These scouts needs to be paid well by BCCI so that some respected names in our country will take that job. That is how it happens in Football. These scouts hunt for raw talent and identifiy genuine talent. Then Junior coaches do development work on them. That is how Barca got Messi...!

  • Sanjay on February 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Eric Simmons was never going to be the coach India needed as he never had even played a test match in his career…Even Joe Dawes needs a lot of encouragement for him to be a fit in the current team structure. But he'll have his work cut out with handling the likes of Ishant Sharma (who btw is over the hill*). Yet if he can shape the careers of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan by making them much better pacemen then that's what's needed. I think Eric Simmons was the very coach who really botched a run chase in one of the WC Semi Finals South Africa lost when he was a coach, not a very endearing solution

  • Rupesh on February 15, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    It is always better to have someone who will not practise regionalism. Joe Davis looks a strong heartened lad... We need someone who can drive a Bowling culture in our team.... We are acountry only hungry with Batting..... That is the reason why we were unable to produce Strong Bench of Fit Fast Bowlers..... Biggest Challenge for Joe will be to respect genuineness of Zaheer and to develope someon like Umesh, Varun, PK... Also he needs repair Ishant and Irfan.... No doubt that we have a Great Bowling talent.... Need somebody who will give them an attitute and a confidence....! Our Country needs to develop a fitness oriented attitude...!

  • Sakthi on February 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Bring some one useful, Not like Ducan,,,

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    bring wasim akram!!!!!!!!!

  • Manesh on February 15, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Hope Joe Dawes will do wonders like Gary did. All the best Joe!

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Again we have done the trick . We replaced bowlers after bad England series due to batting failures. We are replacing bowling coach for batting failure in Australia now. I thought Indian have been bowling better in so many years, espcially in the ODI series .. all with limited ability bowled very well. Once of those series we have restricted team in death overs. Way to go replacing the bowling coach,

  • Unni on February 15, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Umesh yadav was also a cop .Hoping for some play station power for our bowlers read the story link

  • Madhurya on February 15, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Forigen coches has become a trend . if a indian will be given a chance he can do much better than others but BCCI give chance to other why?

  • Ajay on February 15, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    @ csowmi7 It is only in recent past that Indian cricket was dogged with regional factions and pulling in differing directions. Any Indian coach rightly or wrongly, will be subject to allegations of promoting his regions interest. I am glad that Sachin, Sehwag, Kumble, Dravid, MSD and others have decided not to follow in Gavaskar and Kapil Dev's footsteps. The team looks united and in due course an Indian coach will arrive on scene who is fully qualified and perceived to be above factional interests. In the meanwhile, BCCI is right to hire the best available internationally.

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