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Former Test stars Bracken and Pascoe to inspire Newcastle’s young cricketers

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Two of Australia’s finest bowlers, Nathan Bracken and Len Pascoe, will lead the SBCC NSW Country Cricket Clinics in Newcastle this summer.

The duo, with 76 Test wickets between them, are set to impart their wisdom – and inspire the city’s talented youngsters – at the annual camp at Ford Oval on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January from 9am until 3pm each day.

Forty-six-year-old Bracken gave batsmen plenty of headaches with his left-arm pace, capable of swinging the ball both ways.

The NSW star made his international debut against India in 2003.

He went on to play five Tests, snaring 12 scalps at an average of 42.08.

But, it was in the one-day arena where he excelled.

In 116 matches, Bracken removed 174 rivals at 24.36 apiece, with his best effort a 5-47 haul.

Along the way, he won multiple ICC titles, including the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, as well as the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy.

In 2008, he was rated No. 1 on the global stage.

Pascoe, now 73, formed a lethal partnership with Jeff Thomson, once rated the fastest bowler in the game.

He played in 14 Tests, snaring 64 wickets (26.06) including 5-59 in one innings, and 29 ODIs – averaging 20.11 – between 1977 and 1982.

Sadly, at the peak of his powers, he was forced to retire due to a knee injury after the 1981/82 Frank Worrell Trophy series against the West Indies.

Professional coach and the man behind the SBCC NSW Country Cricket Clinics, Shaun Brown, is delighted to host the pair in Newcastle.

“Nathan is one of the best junior coaches in the business,” he said.

“It’s fantastic we have him and Len on board for our latest camp.

“The clinics provide an excellent learning experience for enthusiastic cricketers between the ages of seven and 15.

“Our program covers all facets, T20, one-day and Test formats.

“They’re aimed at improving participants’ skills, knowledge and enjoyment of the game.”

And, over the past 38 years, the much-loved camps have welcomed thousands of emerging cricketers.

“It is terrific to be able to involve former Test stars in areas that normally don’t get that exposure,” Brown said.

“The clinic features the use of video analysis, a comprehensive program and written reports for all who attend this summer.

“It’s important we keep up with the latest trends in coaching.”

For more information about the clinic, log onto www.cricketcoaching.com.au

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