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Vettori impressed by English spinners

Vettori impressed by English spinners

Pranta Deb Emon
Published Date: 05 Dec 2015 | Update : 05 Dec 2015
Daniel Vettori has only been working with the spinners on the England Performance Programme for a couple of days in Dubai, but his first impressions have been positive. “So far, so good,” said the New Zealander, already respected around the cricketing world as a coach as he was a left-arm spinner having taken Twenty20 roles at Royal Challengers Bangalore and now Brisbane Heat. “I knew Stephen Parry and I’d seen Danny Briggs bowl, but I hadn’t seen Liam Dawson or Tom Westley bowl before. But it’s been great actually. “I’ve really enjoyed being around them, they’re all really keen to learn. That’s what you want as a coach when you come and talk to them, and they all seem really appreciative. “To get to this level you’ve obviously got to have some skills, and part of being a finger spinner is that you’ve got some wits about you. “It’s a tough game and you’ve got to stay ahead of those batsmen, and generally you do that through your tactical nous. They all seem to have it pretty well.” With more than 700 international wickets in all forms of the game, Vettori was identified by EPP Head Coach Andy Flower and ECB lead spin coach Peter Such as the perfect man to share his experience with that group of young spinners, which would also have included Zafar Ansari if he had not suffered such a cruelly-timed broken thumb. “Andy Flower got in touch, and told me about the camp that was going on,” explained the 36-year-old, who retired after the World Cup final in March. “They wanted to bring some spinners out, and wanted me to work with them. It sounded appealing at the time. “I really enjoy working with the young spinners – I’ve mainly done that in India with RCB and there have been a couple of good young ones come through. It’s probably the bit about coaching I’ve enjoyed the most. So it was an easy decision.” Although the focus of this winter’s EPP has been white-ball cricket, with the Lions playing a last warm-up game tomorrow before a five-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan A (followed by a 50-over series after Christmas), Vettori believes the skills necessary for spinners should transfer to the first-class game. “I think so,” he said. “The big thing I talk about is being able to control the game as a spinner. “That’s the hardest thing to do because there’s so many things coming against you, particularly for a finger spinner in this day and age with how aggressive batsmen are, how small the grounds are, all the stuff that everyone knows. “How can a spinner stay relevant and stay a force within the game? “For me that’s all about controlling the game as much as they can. That can go through all three facets of the game.” Vettori will remain on the Lions coaching staff until next Wednesday, allowing him to watch the spinners in action against the UAE tomorrow and then in the first Twenty20 match next Monday. Then he will head for Brisbane for his first Big Bash League campaign as head coach of the Heat.   source: ECB

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