Cricket Team to India

John Paul College's cricket team is headed off a tour of India.

Rod Davison is currently the head of cricket at John Paul College in Brisbane, and has taken an initiative to bring the Brisbane’s private school top cricketers to play on the dusty, slow, and low wickets in India. While most of the kids are only 16 and only a handful are playing first grade in Brisbane, Davison believes the tour is an ideal opportunity for youngsters to learn about and adapt to Indian conditions from an early age.

Davison, who played 39 First Class matches for NSW in the 90′s says: “The academy tours are a great way to expose young cricketers to alien conditions such as the India from a very early age.” The tour is organised by the Global Cricket School, which is well known in English cricket circles.

Players such as current England captain, Alistair Cook, upcoming batsmen Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow have all participated in such tours to India in the last few years. In fact a small portion of credit needs to be given to the academy for England’s triumph in India last year. They provided practice matches to some of the England batsmen over the last three years during the off season in England.

Davison believes it is vital junior teams and academies tour India frequently.

“Just the role of India in world cricket with the IPL and TV rights, everyone wants to play against India so it’s important the youth teams tour India. “In the past private schools have organised tours to England, South Africa, but with modern day needs India is the place to organise the tours.”

During the 10 day tour, the team has received tips on how to play spin bowling from some of best coaches in Mumbai. Not only have they played three practice matches, they have also had three eight hour days of coaching in the nets. The tour has also been a learning curve for Davison.

Davison’s vision is a further illustration as to why past First Class cricketers, especially from the competitive era of the 90′s, need to give their opinions and input to Cricket Australia in order to improve the standard of Australian cricket.​

Source: The Roar Australia ​