Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

No pain, no gain

Australian bowling coach Terry Jenner says England will never discover a Shane Warne unless their youngsters work harder and the county sides are prepared to take a risk.

Jenner, who has coached Warne since 1990, is helping out at the England and Wales Cricket Board's wrist-spin programme at the Loughborough Sports College.

He is spending two weeks in Loughborough with 20 of the most promising teenage wrist spinners in the country. They were whittled down from 250 hopefuls who Jenner saw in January and February.

After the latest masterclass, two boys will spend a fortnight of intensive coaching in Adelaide with Jenner.

But he was disappointed with the English youngsters.

"None of them has advanced since I last saw them," he told the Times. "It breaks my heart, but they are not putting in the work."

Part of that is the fault of assuming they will be an overnight success.

"Wrist spinners mature late," he said. "Sadly, in England if you are not playing at the top level at 16 and have not made it by 19, then you are on the scrapheap. Where would that have left Warney?

"England has plenty of promising wrist spinners and at 14 or 15 they are as good as they are in Australia. Where do they go?"

He says he gets frustrated by players wanting to do too much too soon.

"They all want to learn a wrongun or a slider rather than working on their leg break, but Warne only gets wickets with his slider because his leg break is so good," he said.

He blamed the quality of club cricket and the unwillingness of the counties to give time to players who are bound to be hit for a few runs.