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Lead batting coach Graham Thorpe believes the England Performance Programme will help emerging players develop as both cricketers and individuals.

After a three-week training programme at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, Thorpe is currently putting the EPP’s young batsmen, spin bowlers and wicketkeepers through their paces in Pune, India

While the youngsters are predominantly included on the EPP to improve their own games, Thorpe is adamant the whole experience will also have an impact on them as people.

“I hope that the players, which are on this programme, go back different,” he told ecb.co.uk.

Graham Thorpe

Lead batting coach Graham Thorpe is hopeful the England Performance Programme will help young players "man-manage themselves much better."

“That they go back and understand their fitness side of their game better, how to man-manage themselves much better, where they don't need to be told to go to the gym they just do it naturally.

“They’ll find the time to do it themselves because they know it will be an important part of getting to the top.

“Hopefully with the training camps in Loughborough and India and then a Lions tour, with 14 one-day matches in a five-week period, they go back a more rounded individual, a more mature person and a far more aware cricketer than when they started the winter.”

Thorpe, an excellent manipulator of slow bowling during his playing days, is determined to work on both spin and pace in the sub-continent and is relishing the chance of helping the promising players adapt their games.

“Going to play in Asia is always a decent starting place for spin and I think the early exposure to spin is a good thing because you get loads and loads of spinners bowling at you,” he said.

“There is a concrete surface over there as well so it was important, from my perspective, that we were not just going there and just playing spin, but we are going there and having two concrete nets which we are going to be working on our pace.

“That was an important side of it for me. They get the perfect balance of improving against fast bowling and the rising delivery and working on good quality spin bowling where the ball is turning big.”

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