Such looks beyond big three
Peter Such has stressed the importance of England not becoming complacent because they have three high-quality spinners at their disposal.
Rarely before have England had such depth in the tweak department, with genuine world-class options in Test and limited-overs cricket.
While Graeme Swann transcends all formats, Monty Panesar has proved himself as an outstanding five-day performer and James Tredwell likewise in the one-day formats.
Such, the ECB’s lead spin bowling coach, is tasked with ensuring the next generation are similarly impressive; merely looking at how Australia have struggled to find a consistent option since Shane Warne’s retirement shows just how important such a role is.
“The health of spin bowling in the country is very good at the top level,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“Graeme Swann is very high in the world rankings, Monty Panesar did an excellent job in the Test in India and James Tredwell is exceptional in one-day cricket.
“So at that level we are pretty much well covered; what we need ideally is greater depth in the talent pool to get better young spinners into county cricket and hopefully pushing on to replace the Tredwells, Panesars and Swanns in the next five, eight years, whenever it is.”
It is the need to ensure English spin bowling remains capable of operating at international level that makes the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust Spin Programme so useful.
The scheme, which has reached over 200 spinners, ensures that coaching is available at all levels of the sport - as Such explained.
“When I took this role on nearly four years ago, one of the major reasons that was cited for the lack of young spin bowlers in the country was a lack of really quality spin-bowling coaching,” he added.
“That was one of the first thing we addressed, in terms of getting together a pool of exceptional coaches and getting them to work with our best young talent from age 13 onwards to young pros.
“Through the very generous support of the BJMT, who have been really great supporters of the spin programme for a number of years, we have done that.
“The programme means a designated spin coach is now supplied to every first-class county cricket club academy in the country.
“We’ve extended it out into the MCC universities, who also have their own designated spin coach.
“Spin bowlers take time to develop so if they are at university, they get that help and support when they’re there.
“The idea is to get quality knowledge into guys at a young age so they can develop a really good action and spin the ball hard; we can then work on the finer points from there.
“If we can get those things nailed early on, it is fantastic.”