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Former Test stars head cricket clinics throughout Hunter

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Former Test stars John Dyson and Nathan Bracken will head up the Shaun Brown Cricket Coaching clinics in the Hunter next year.

The pair are scheduled to visit Ford Oval in New Lambton on Thursday and Friday 19 and 20 January, as well as Lorn Park in Maitland on Monday and Tuesday 23 and 24 January.

Nathan Bracken
Former Australian pace bowler Nathan Bracken. Photo: Getty Images

Dyson, the ex-Australian opener, was at the peak of his powers at a time when the West Indian fast bowlers ruined the careers of a succession of top-order batsmen.

He boasts a highest Test score of 127 not out.

Ironically, that occurred against the Windies at the SCG in 1982.

Dyson was also prolific for NSW, amassing 9935 runs at an average of 40, with a top score of 241.

Surprisingly, Bracken only played five Tests for the “green and gold”.

But, he took the field in 116 one day international fixtures, snaring 174 wickets at the brilliant average of 24.36.

In fact, the left-arm paceman was rated the top ODI bowler in the world in 2008.

Unfortunately, he announced his retirement from the game in 2011, due to a chronic knee injury.

Bracken said the Shaun Brown Cricket Coaching clinics were “good fun” for all involved, including himself.

“The kids just want to play, it’s that simple,” he explained.

“And, there are many with immense talent.

“I’ve noticed a lot of youngsters in the older age groups are happy to help others, or those new to the game, too.

“That’s great to see the children interacting.

“These camps are unique in that the different mentors look at various skill sets.

“It means the kids walk away from them with things to work on.

“Also, because it’s a comprehensive program, they return to their club coaches on areas to improve, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding.

“Shaun Brown has worked really hard on this concept.

“The kids definitely get a lot out of it.”

Brown, himself, admitted he was thrilled to have Dyson and Bracken on board.

“John’s an elite coach having mentored Sri Lanka and the West Indies in recent years, while Nathan’s always popular,” he said.

“The clinics provide an excellent learning experience for enthusiastic cricketers between the ages of 7 and 16.

“Our program covers all facets – Twenty20, one day and Test formats.

“They’re all aimed at improving participant’s skills, knowledge and enjoyment of the game.

“It’s fantastic to be able to involve former Test stars in areas that normally don’t get that exposure.”

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

For further information, contact Shaun Brown on 0412 382 558 or log onto www.cricketcoaching.com.au

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