Former Australian opener in Tamworth for cricket camp

Cricket fun: Tom Oliphant, Eoin Shepherd, Kilian Apen, Will Eveleigh, Stuart Brissett, Ty Purcell, Ryan Stewart, Jim Watson, Jake Tankard with John Dyson in Tamworth.
Cricket fun: Tom Oliphant, Eoin Shepherd, Kilian Apen, Will Eveleigh, Stuart Brissett, Ty Purcell, Ryan Stewart, Jim Watson, Jake Tankard with John Dyson in Tamworth.

Ask John Dyson the hottest place the game of cricket has taken him and he does not hesitate.

“Multan,” the former Australian Test opener said.

Better known as the home town of Pakistan batsman Inzamam ul-Haq, Multan’s temperatures can reach as high as 52 degrees.

So a balmy top of 39 in Tamworth on Thursday posed few problems for Dyson on day two of the Shaun Brown Cricket Camp.

More than 35 youngsters from the New England, North West and Upper Hunter regions were in attendance at Tamworth South Public School to take part in a series of cricket activities.

The growth of the Big Bash T20 competition was evident when looking at some of the techniques employed by children aged 6-16, but Dyson, who played 30 Tests from 1977-1984, said age-old cricket lessons still apply.

“The key message we pass on is that is important to learn basic technique,” Dyson said.

“We’re not discounting the fancy, individual shots, but you need to have a solid technical foundation first.”

Dyson was heartened by the form shown by the Australian team in the recent 3-0 series win against Pakistan, but added the trip to India would pose a major challenge.

“I’m a believer that every team in world cricket should win on their home turf, whether that is Australia, England, India or whoever, because they are in their own conditions,” he said.

Dyson, who coached Sri Lanka and West Indies, said he is ‘semi-retired’ these days, but enjoyed the chance to pass on his insights to the next generation of cricketers.