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  • #180467
    Brian blue
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    Thats true Nine, you have to want to play the game, football or cricket at a young age. In my early days that is wha we did. I earned my cricket unkinder wickets or boded sites or whatever patch we could find. We followed the 3/5 day game like a sticking plaster and loved it. To day, as I am watching out of the window I see a schoolboy looking down at his phone, nearly walking into a lamppost . We are fortunate in our village to have a good cricket team playing in a good league. They encourage youngsters and have three teams, maybe, that is our best chance of finding somebody unless they are seduced by the short game. Not every change under the progress banner is good for the game itself. My thoughts are most of the changes are made by people who do not understand let alone played the game and it shows. Football has its similarity with UEFA/FiFA new edict. that block colour shirts must be worn

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    #180541
    Nike19
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    Good old Rain; decides to place itself today of all days.

    Be lucky if we see any play today between India and NZ. Incidentally, from NZ, I think it was an unchanged line up going into this match.

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    #180542
    Nike19
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    Putting the Pandemic to one side, local communities are in the doldrums (or have effectively been destroyed) and with little spirit and life and activity thanks to our government for the last 13 years. Kids have very little to do (or simply not encouraged enough) other than their PlayStation and XBOX (or at least that’s all they see).

    What are Schools themselves doing to promote Cricket?

    I got into it through my Dad. One of the best childhood experiences growing up. Cricket doesn’t require any specialist type of equipment, and we just played with Tennis balls and ordinary Bats you could pick up from your local Toy Shop. Coaching and Techniques, you just picked up along the way through your peers and watching the game on TV.

    It truly is a great Sport if you have a real interest towards it. I liked learning about the different fielding positions, and always a buzz for example to take a catch.

    Get the PE Teachers with the skillset of Cricket knowledge and know-how. Invest in hiring external coaches. Create Summer Excursions.

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    #184508
    Nike19
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    RE: v India

    I thought England had a bit of a chance to give themselves a chance. However, in essence in the end, it was a complete collapse. Kohli’s tactical plan pulled off.

    The spin-bowling was just great to see. No new ball too so with the old ball worn makes it perfect for the spin-bowler.

    2-1 up in the series and another Test Match to play at Old Trafford.

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    #184553
    Pagan
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    Nil, just read your post from 18/6, the sad truth is cricket isn’t played it state schools anymore, kids are only exposed to it if the attend private school or their dad plays or played.

    Compared to footy cricket is expensive, is more weather dependent and requires a lot of parental input especially when they start playing adult cricket, unfortunately it’s still run by the posh boys club and until that changes it’s popularity won’t improve……..Pagan

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    #184571
    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, England’s 2 best current players in Stokes and Root went to Comprehensive Schools.

    If you have a desire to play cricket outside of School and I did both there’s plenty of opportunities I played cricket outside of school at Teddington Cricket Club which has got both junior and senior teams and very good coaching and other than me there weren’t too many posh boys either.😊

    You just need the motivation to want to play cricket. I spent every Summer playing cricket in the nets with my mates.

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    #184574
    Pagan
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    Partially true, except for the fact Joe Root ended up as a boarder on a sports scholarship.

    Stokes is an exception, actually a Kiwi by birth, and the son of a professional rugby player, so sport, particularly rugby and cricket were in his DNA.

    It’s not so easy to play in the nets at night now, most grounds are locked and nets are only allowed to be used when supervised………Pagan

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    #184580
    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, to be fair Root was 15 when he earned his scholarship and was already developing well as a cricketer playing for his School and for his local Cricket team.

    I played every day in the nets with my mates during the Summer in a local park but it might be different now it’s all about motivation though and wanting to play my Grandson’s play football at a decent level but that requires two midweek training sessions and matches often on both a Saturday and Sunday with traveling but they enjoy it and have good motivation.

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    #184585
    Pagan
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    Yep, but as I said before, you only get into cricket if your dad plays/played, which he did, I would say cricket in state schools is now practically none existent……..Pagan

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    #184589
    nine nine nine
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    My Dad didn’t play cricket though and Ben Stokes Dad was a Rugby League player.😊

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    #184591
    Pagan
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    Your from a different era when cricket was played in schools, Ben is a Kiwi, they do rugby and cricket.

    In our day footy at all levels stopped at the beginning of May and started end of August, it’s now all the way through.

    Come on 9, admit it your clutching at straws here……….Pagan

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    #184598
    nine nine nine
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    That’s not true Pagan I firmly believe that the motivation and commitment to want to play a sport is key and where youngsters demonstrate that as Joe Root did there’s every chance for them to benefit and develop at different levels.

    I do agree though that we need to get Cricket played in our Schools from Primary Schools upwards and that the Government need to be doing something about that.

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