Ex England Test star could be secret weapon for Australia
MITCHELL Weatherhead can understand why Cricket Australia wants Graham Hick.
The Ipswich Logan Hornets batting coach and ex-England star has been drafted into help the struggling Aussie batsmen regain the seemingly lost art of batting for long periods in Test matches.
While the Brisbane premier and reserve grade competitions are a long way from an impending Ashes series, Hick's advice helped Karalee-based Weatherhead this season. Starting in first grade for the Hornets, he was dropped to seconds, which he captained, before earning a recall to the top grade for the final game of the season.
"It was great to finish there, considering I started there," Weatherhead said.
"It took a little bit of time to get back there by scoring runs and getting my confidence back, playing my own game and being more selective playing myself in."
They were the key messages conveyed by Hick.
But the most valuable lesson Weatherhead got from Hick was what Cricket Australia hopes he can impart on the national team's batsmen heading into this year's Ashes campaign.
"The biggest thing I got from him was probably his approach towards batting," Weatherhead said.
"The technical knowledge is good but you've got to sort that out for yourself to an extent.
"It just came down to time and how he set himself to bat all day.
"You do what you need to do to find a way to get through."