Australian expertise a boost to Sri Lankan coaches


A cricket workshop for national and club coaches to impart knowledge to local cricketers on the finer points in fast bowling and spin bowling was conducted  with Australian expertise last week at the indoor complex of the R. Premadasa Stadium at Khettarama.  Performance Psychologist Dr Phil Jauncey, spin bowling coach Peter Sleep fast and bowling consultant Tim McCaskil conducted the program.

Dr. Jauncey, one of Australia’s foremost Performance Psychologist’s dealt on the importance of acting on a positive mind set, and Peter Sleep on the finer points of spin bowling bordering on delivery and variation while McCaskil elaborated on the fine art of fast bowling. The trio demonstrated and used video footages to drive home their message to the local coaches.

Tim McCaskill

Among the forty national and domestic club coaches who participated in the workshop were Sri Lanka Head Coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe, Sri Lanka Team Manager and Chief of Cricket Operations, Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lanka Fast Bowling Coach, Rumesh Ratnayake, Spin Coach Piyal Wijetunga, and former Sri Lanka players turned coaches Roy Dias, Chaminda Vaas, Hashan Tillekeratne, Avishka Gunawardena, Nuwan Zoysa, Nuwan Kulasekera and Indika de Saram.

Dr. Jauncey, who has stimulated Australian sports and professional audiences alike in tackling mind sets towards self-development, said, “Performance psychology is the key. You don’t have to feel good to act good. When you act you feel good.”

He cited former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey as a classic example of success derived from the tutelage of sports psychology. “Michael Hussey never believed in himself, but he performed well. If you act positively you’ll succeed. The brain will always give you more fuel. If you act negatively you’ll fail.”

Peter Sleep

Meanwhile, Peter Sleep, a former Australian spin bowler, dealt and demonstrated on the vital components of spin bowling including off spin and leg spin.  He stressed the importance of body poise, delivery of the ball and variation.

Tim McCaskil, a High Performance Manager at Cricket Victoria, who had been hired on a brief stint by Sri Lanka Cricket a a Fast-bowling Consultant, stressed on key aspects of fine tuning fast bowlers to international standard.

By Srian Obeyesekere 

-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-