Ray Bright spins around the region

Top tips: Former Australian Test spinner Ray Bright took a few local kids under his wing at a cricket camp in Tamworth on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Hardin 110117PHA015

Top tips: Former Australian Test spinner Ray Bright took a few local kids under his wing at a cricket camp in Tamworth on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Hardin 110117PHA015

Over 40 local cricketers had their day brightened on Wednesday as former Australian Test and One Day bowler Ray Bright took centre stage at the Shaun Brown Coaching Clinic at Tamworth South public school.

The left arm orthodox spinner and current Victorian selector was joined by a host of other fellow high performance coaches in taking the kids through a multi stage clinic that even saw them doing video analysis of their bowling and batting actions before reviewing them alongside the Test star.

“Look at Josh Hazlewood .... he worked hard to get there and he is now reaping the rewards - Ray Bright

“They get a real kick out of seeing themselves playing on TV and finding exactly what they are doing right or wrong,” Bright said.

“Country kids are always very receptive and appreciative of us taking time to come out and run them through it.” 

The camp looks at all aspects of the game and is held across both Armidale and Tamworth on the same days, with Bright swapping places with former Test batsmen and Windies coach John Dyson on Thursday, with over 60 kids attending the first day at The Armidale School.

The clinics focus on all aspects of the game from fielding through to batting, bowling and game preparation, although for Bright nothing beats having an understanding of the basics of the game, even using our own Test spearhead Josh Hazlewood as the perfect example.

I love the Big Bash and short format cricket and what it has brought to the game but we still try to enforce the basics first,”

“All the kids want to do ramps and reverse sweeps but they have to make sure that they earn the right to do that first by having the basics down pat.” 

“Look at Josh Hazlewood, he is steady and consistent, he worked hard to get there and now he is reaping the rewards.” 

Bright took 53 Test scalps for Australia at an average of 41.13 and also featured in 11 One Day Internationals.

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