India news February 14, 2012

Joe Dawes to replace Eric Simons as India bowling coach

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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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  • Rupesh2804 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...!

  • ThirdRenegade 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

  • Rupesh2804 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...!

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

    Bring some one useful, Not like Ducan,,,

  • on February 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

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

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

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

  • 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,

  • chapathishot 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 http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/361869.html

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY 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?

  • ajaym55 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.

  • Rupesh2804 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...!

  • ThirdRenegade 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

  • Rupesh2804 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...!

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

    Bring some one useful, Not like Ducan,,,

  • on February 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

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

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

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

  • 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,

  • chapathishot 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 http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/361869.html

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY 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?

  • ajaym55 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.

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Bring in Wasim Akram and if he not available why not Venkatesh Prasad.

  • zenboomerang on February 15, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    I find it strange that many are bagging Joe Dawes without knowing anything about him - is that normal Indian behavior?... Joe was a tough uncompromising bowler who could have played for Oz if not for the plethora of quality bowlers we had at that time... His love of cricket is so great that when a serious knee injury curtailed his career, he went straight into coaching... Personally I would rather see him still coaching in Sth Aus when he has done a tremendous amount of great work with very young up & coming bowlers... His work is just starting to come through now - which is a pity as SA needed to keep this talent but were happy to see him achieve higher honors...

  • kiranrag12 on February 15, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    I basically feel that Indian cricket over the years have produced Legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin, Saurav and even Dravid. I think the new coach has to make more "match winners" than "legends"

  • addy_daredevil on February 15, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Why isn't TA Sekar being made the bowling coach?

  • Smithie on February 14, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Have you got a bank guarantee from Srinivasan for your wages Joe? Given the money he is flushing down the gurglar on Sahara I would negotiate belt and braces. Same goes for CA and James Sutherland re monies owed on current series. This guy is not to be trifled with !

  • AvidCricFan on February 14, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    The problem with Indian coaches is their own discipline, communication, organization skills and lack of respect they would garner from star-status players. On top of it, Indian coaches will have tough time with BCCI politics. The Indian coach will try to be authorititive and get in partisan politics quickly than an outside coach.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on February 14, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    whats the point in getting another Aussie? last time we did that the team became a mess. Wasim Akram / Waqar Younis etc would have been much better!!

  • Adithya.Mahadas on February 14, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    I liked Greg Chappel's style of Coaching. Some of the Indian senior players think that they are the Kings & expect everyone to listen to them & not even willing to follow any good suggestions which hurts their ego. Greg Chappel is a type of person who treats everyone equally. He made everyone to work-hard, practise in every area irrespective of their experience & specialization. This is NOT at all a bad thing & helps to have more allrounders. This can be achived my spending more time for practise sessions, which was not liked by Indian players. His priority was Cricket but not Senior players. Because of this Indian media, Chappel is shown as a villian towards Indian players. People don't even try to think & believe in what media writes. That is the difference b/w Indian team & Australia team and this continues all the time till the way of Indian people, media, selection commitee changes. I hope the new coach follow his footsteps & also wish him that he would get people & media support.

  • on February 14, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Somehow the Chappel episode has left us Indian fans a little uncrtain about the idea of an Australian coach in any capacity... Also, given he is an unknown entity, he better be good enough, else I can't think how the board chose him over so many options.. Also, if this is going international purely for the sake of it, then it's no good....

  • kingcobra85 on February 14, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    MANOJ PRAHABHAR should be our Spin coach

  • csowmi7 on February 14, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    The subcontinental teams like Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan have a preconceived notion that only foreign coaches will do. Look what Mohsin khan has achieved with Pakistan. With the exception of Gary kirsten who was a brilliant coach and a special individual capable of connecting with the indian dressing room the rest have been utter failures. Look what Greg chappell and Duncan Fletcher have done to Indian cricket effectively retiring Ganguly and two successive 4-0 trounces. the Australian's take pride in having a coach from Australia and india should do the same. The likes of kapil Dev, Gavaskar and kumble can make excellent coaches and help india rise from the depths we have found ourselves in.

  • bigdhonifan on February 14, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @777aditya Kapil doesnt want to be a coach, and Srinath is an International referee, Kumble is working with KCA now. SO they are all busy... dude do your homework before commenting here.

  • abccricket on February 14, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Coaching is a fulltime job,being an" expert" is a part time one.

  • PallabBanerjee on February 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    I hope he does not become another Greg Chappel and spoil real prospects like Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. It will be a great loss if these young fast bowlers are coached wrongly. We did not have genuine fast bowlers since we started playing cricket , and now that we not one but two let us not spoil them.

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    WASIM AKRAM WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER CHOICE THAN AN OVERSEAS COACH.......WASIM KNOW THE CONDITIONS OF THE SUB-CONTINENT PRETTY WELL HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE COACH FOR INDIA..........

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I prefer Bruce reed as bowling coach.

  • venbas on February 14, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    With Srinivasan ruling out any (non)performance review of the Indian team, the following news items would be the order of the day in future - "Team India bamboozled by Oxford County school team" or yet another "2036AD, Team India walloped by Adelaide Kindergarden School team within 2 days. It was all the more memorable for Master Pundulkar to deny his Grandpa a 100th century for the 1000th time in his career. Srinivasan and Pawar cozy upto each other in the VIP press box on stretchers reminising on how things have remained the same to coincide with 50yrs of their (mis)rule of BCCI".

  • CandidIndian on February 14, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    My best guess is Mr Dawes is the choice of our head coach.Indian bowling unit needs big help ,i hope Dawes does his job well.

  • satish619chandar on February 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Not sure how the coach is picked.. India just needs a guy who can work background like Gary or Wright.. I am nto sure how guys like Eric Simon who was picked but i never saw any improvement in bowling department.. In fact, Prasad showed good results compared to him.. I still think the team of Rajput, Prasad and Robin did a better job than the current set of coaching staffs.. They won the first T20 and the VB series where the youngsters were provided better opportunity and they shined too.. Considering the current crop, i would like the previous set to be instilled..

  • DINESHCC on February 14, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    There is no need for bowling, batting, fielding, running, catching, diving coaches for India. Please appoint Dave Whatmore as coach and play matches either under the captaincy of Gambhir or Harbhajan Singh for another five years, India will be No.1 for those five years.

  • serious-am-i on February 14, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    interesting choice. I hope he can put some pressure on BCCI to send Indian players, bowlers at least to play in English or Aussie domestic circuit for some experience on the tracks. India needs batting coach too, period.

  • Gizza on February 14, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The bowlers actually did a lot better than the batsmen generally. India actually took 20 wickets in the Melbourne Test. The main reason they find it hard to win overseas is normally due to an inability to take 20 wickets. On Sydney and Adelaide yes, they couldn't bowl out the opposition but on those very same tracks the batsmen had to lift their game to draw the match. In Melbourne and Perth the batsmen just needed around 300 in each innings to make the game competitive instead of 200. Note the bowlers are also overall much younger than the batsmen.

  • 777aditya on February 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    huh?! Dawes, are Kapil, Srinath, Kumble, and company not even given a thought? why do we need international coaches all the time? really difficult to fathom - wonder who comes up with such brainwaves in BCCI? HOPELESS, HELPLESS, AND HAPLESS SELECTION PROCEDURE

  • on February 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Best of luck Joey old mate, great bloke, big heart, and he could bowl, check out these match figures in a 1st Grade game http://www.qldcricket.com.au/clubs/default.asp?PageID=258

  • on February 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Having a good bowling coach will definitely help India - a lot. a tough bowling attack will put pressure on opposition batsmen, not gift them centuries and double centuries - Cook got 2 and Pietersen 1 in England, while Clarke got 2 for the Aussies. As Kapil Dev said before the Aussie tour, even if opposition batsmen are out of form Indian bowlers usually play them into form - which they generously did for Ponting, Clarke and Hussey. The other side of the coin is that Aussie coach McDermott really improved the Aussie bowling attack and put every Indian batsman including the Big 3 and Sehwag under a lot of pressure. they knew exactly how to get them out and silenced the Indian big guns. Over the series the Aussie bowling attack's accuracy and penetration made India's batsmen more and more nervous and insecure...while the lack of sting in India's attack helped Aussie batsmen improve as the series went on. Is the picture clear?

  • analyseabhishek on February 14, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @Majr- I'd echo you as well as Rahul_78- in case of Fanie De Villiers, he would have brought his solid international credentials as well. A coach should have international credentials without being a superstar- hence hard workers like Billy McDermott and Gary Kirsten prove to be better coaches than John Buchanan or at the other end of the spectrum, Greg Chappell

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    apart from ishant sharma he did fair job handling yadav,vinay kumar,......1 thing for sure he managed to increase pace of ishant ,yadav....ut still ishant needs to do lot of work on his bowling his bowling at 140+ and thts good but he bowls toooo short even on helpfull wickets....

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I believe Wasim Akram is the best man for the job.

  • mmond4 on February 14, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    should've hired Wasim Akram instead

  • Nuxxy on February 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Typical BCCI at the moment...find scapegoats but don't fix any of the actual problems.

  • aj1991 on February 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    If this is because of the 8 away test losses, then the batting has to be blamed for that! Not the bowling department! Under Simmons, the indian quickies have made great progress! Bowlers like praveen, vinay, umesh have been really good! If he has been sacked , the it is really dissapointing!!!

  • Meety on February 14, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    There, all sorted, no need for a review!! LOL!

  • Percy_Fender on February 14, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Simmons was appointed coach basically because of Gary Kirsten who was so successful with Team India. No one it seemed was willing to notice that the Indian bowling had not come even a bit and had in fact lost their way. While Simmons is a reputed general coach, I am not sure he had the communications skills to make someone like Ishant Sharma understand what he needed to do or for that matter the bowling strategies to be adopted. In the process Ishant with all his natural ability still remains where he was.Ideally Fanie De Villiers would have been good I feel. I say this because Indian do best in a relaxed atmosphere with the coach. Fanie is known for that. Besides he was keen on this job. The point is that no one seems to have heard of this Dawes. Either he is like Terry Jenner who was good for spin bowling or he is just a recommended name from one of the Australian commentators wishing to do him a good turn. Be that as it may, let us hope that this man is able to deliver.

  • explorer18 on February 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Who is Dawes again? Most people like me might think perhaps the BCCI could have picked a better player of the past to coach the current team? It would be nice of BCCI would share it's reasoning with public, since I am sure there is nothing to hide.

  • Sanj747 on February 14, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    A good move. Did nothing to prepare the Indian bowlers in End and Aus where conditions suit fast bowling. Saw him at the SCG with the Indians and he looked so out of his depth. Next to him in the next was Wasim Akram spending time with Mitchell Starc. What a difference.

  • Rahul_78 on February 14, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    The great Wasim Akram said it is always helpful if bowling coach has ample International experience behind him. It is one thing no other coaching manual in the world can teach you. Looking at the results Craig Mcdermott achieved with Aussies bowlers Wasims argument holds lot of substance.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on February 14, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    yes! my prayers have been answered.

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Best of Luck Erric Simmions you have done a great job & was also the part of the WC winning team under Coach Gary Kristen. Whish you all the best in your future. Joe Dawes welcome to India. Wish you all the best.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    hope he will shape the new pacers like Aaron and Umesh. All the best!

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    hope he will shape the new pacers like Aaron and Umesh. All the best!

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Best of Luck Erric Simmions you have done a great job & was also the part of the WC winning team under Coach Gary Kristen. Whish you all the best in your future. Joe Dawes welcome to India. Wish you all the best.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on February 14, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    yes! my prayers have been answered.

  • Rahul_78 on February 14, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    The great Wasim Akram said it is always helpful if bowling coach has ample International experience behind him. It is one thing no other coaching manual in the world can teach you. Looking at the results Craig Mcdermott achieved with Aussies bowlers Wasims argument holds lot of substance.

  • Sanj747 on February 14, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    A good move. Did nothing to prepare the Indian bowlers in End and Aus where conditions suit fast bowling. Saw him at the SCG with the Indians and he looked so out of his depth. Next to him in the next was Wasim Akram spending time with Mitchell Starc. What a difference.

  • explorer18 on February 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Who is Dawes again? Most people like me might think perhaps the BCCI could have picked a better player of the past to coach the current team? It would be nice of BCCI would share it's reasoning with public, since I am sure there is nothing to hide.

  • Percy_Fender on February 14, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Simmons was appointed coach basically because of Gary Kirsten who was so successful with Team India. No one it seemed was willing to notice that the Indian bowling had not come even a bit and had in fact lost their way. While Simmons is a reputed general coach, I am not sure he had the communications skills to make someone like Ishant Sharma understand what he needed to do or for that matter the bowling strategies to be adopted. In the process Ishant with all his natural ability still remains where he was.Ideally Fanie De Villiers would have been good I feel. I say this because Indian do best in a relaxed atmosphere with the coach. Fanie is known for that. Besides he was keen on this job. The point is that no one seems to have heard of this Dawes. Either he is like Terry Jenner who was good for spin bowling or he is just a recommended name from one of the Australian commentators wishing to do him a good turn. Be that as it may, let us hope that this man is able to deliver.

  • Meety on February 14, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    There, all sorted, no need for a review!! LOL!

  • aj1991 on February 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    If this is because of the 8 away test losses, then the batting has to be blamed for that! Not the bowling department! Under Simmons, the indian quickies have made great progress! Bowlers like praveen, vinay, umesh have been really good! If he has been sacked , the it is really dissapointing!!!

  • Nuxxy on February 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Typical BCCI at the moment...find scapegoats but don't fix any of the actual problems.