McDermott wants to create the next generation’s greatest bowling sensations
After formally ending all ties with Cricket Australia, Craig McDermott has announced that he will be opening his own bowling school, which is aimed at producing the next generation’s greatest pace bowlers.
McDermott, who was the former bowling coach of the Australia national team, was highly credited for the Baggy Greens’ 4-0 whitewashing of India in January.
He also played a crucial role in helping pace bowlers like Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins become regulars in the national team.
In May, McDermott resigned as Australia’s bowling coach and worked at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence before taking up a stint with Ireland during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
McDermott is now opening his travelling pace bowling school called “PACE Bowling Australia”, which is aimed at developing and grooming future quick bowling stars.
However, McDermott’s bowling school is highly unlikely to be held only in Australia since India have already voiced their interest in having the former bowling coach host some clinics in the country.
“It’s pretty exciting for us to be able to get down to the grassroots level between the age of eight and 18. I feel that there is a real gap there in our coaching and in our talent ID and in our coach education in that area, so that’s what our company is going to be aiming towards, We’re trying to run about 60 or 70 clinics Australia-wide every year and we’ll try to expand that from pace into spin and possibly batting down the track. It’s about trying to prepare our players earlier, to try and educate them from a strength and conditioning and mental point of view,” McDermott said.
McDermott’s bowling school will also have state of the art video technology equipment to help examine the bowling action of young teenagers in order to ensure that they do not sustain any injuries as the progress in the future.