Graeme Hick appointed as high performance coach at the Centre of Excellence

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Hick represented England in three Ashes series

Former England Test batsman Graeme Hick has been appointed as the high performance coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Hick will replace Stuart Law, who went on to take up Darren Lehmann’s former post as head coach of Queensland.

Hick noted that one of the first tasks on his agenda is to hold a batting forum in Sydney, where a variety of Australian cricketers and coaches will have the chance to discuss how to improve the national team’s batting woes and what needs to be done to create a national batting programme.

Australia’s batting has been the centre of attention for months now, especially after former captain Ricky Ponting and veteran batsman Michael Hussey announced their retirements.

Hick will also be working closely with Australia’s young talents and teaching them how to maintain their concentration throughout long spells at the crease.

Despite Hick not living up to his reputation in the Test arena, he was an absolute run-scoring machine in first-class cricket as he amassed 136 centuries, which puts him at eighth on the all-time list.

“Graeme is a highly regarded former international batsman who has been a consultant coach this past winter working with our Australian Institute of Sport scholars,” Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager of team performance, said. “It is fantastic that we could secure his services full-time.

“His main role will be working with our development teams including Australia A, Under-19 players and those in our current pathway system. He will also provide a dedicated batting resource to all state players and Australian players who come through the Centre of Excellence at any time during the year. He will work closely with the state coaches in this regard.

“Graeme knows what it takes to compete at the top level and has had many years’ experience playing in different conditions, which will be vital to the development of our young batters. He will complement the specialist skills with Troy Cooley and Tim Coyle who are responsible for our fast bowling and fielding programs respectively, as well as all national coaching staff in our pathway system including Darren Lehmann.

“One of Graeme’s first tasks will be attending a batting forum that CA is running in October in Sydney. The forum will bring together a number for former Australian cricketers and current coaches and will provide information that will feed into the creation of a national batting program that Graeme will be charged with developing and implementing.”

Hick, who has represented England in 65 Test matches and three Ashes campaigns, stated that he was “excited about the chance to work with Australia’s young talent”.

“Over the years I have developed a huge amount of respect for Australian cricket and the baggy green,” Hick said. “I am excited about the chance to work with Australia’s young talent and being able to assist in their growth and development. This is going to be a great challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to.”

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