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Sport Graeme Hick believes Cameron Green could be the hero of the Ashes

03:10  17 may  2021
03:10  17 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Graeme Ashley Hick MBE (born 23 May 1966) is a Zimbabwean-born former England cricketer who played 65 Test matches and 120 One Day Internationals for England. He was born in Rhodesia, and as a young man played international cricket for Zimbabwe.

He can bat in the top six, bowl at more than 140 kilometres per hour and has had to quickly become used to being sledged by his opponents, after former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris recently said he was Australia's answer to former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. Ever since Flintoff decimated the Australians in the 2005 Ashes series, the nation has been on the lookout for an all-rounder who can bowl with pace and also bat in the top six. Shane Watson, Mitch Marsh and Moises Henriques have all been tried with varying degrees of success, but none have had anywhere near the type of impact

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Graeme Hick knows a good Australia side when he sees one — he spent his England career trying to repel McGrath and Warne and watching Taylor and Waugh bat, after all.

Ominously for England, Hick thinks the Aussies have built a squad capable of reviving some painful ashes memories for England Down Under this winter — with 6ft 6in Cameron Green at the fore.

Hick lost his job as Aussie batting coach in cost-cutting redundancies made by Cricket Australia last June — coach Justin Langer likened telling Hick the news to facing Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose without a box or a helmet — and is looking for another opportunity to present itself.

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The newest member of the Australian cricket team, Cameron Green has admitted that he was ‘taken back’ by the warmth showed by India wicketkeeper KL Rahul during the third ODI in Canberra on Friday. Green thought he would receive a bit of a hostile reception, which is why he was all the more pleasantly surprised by Rahul’s gesture, something the 21-year-old admits he’ll always remember. “I thought it would have been pretty opposite because (while bowling), I think Virat was trying to be pretty loud at the time.

Taking aim at Graeme Hick in the heat of battle after the England batsman had failed to connect with a number of balls, Hughes stopped to offer his opponent some advice during the 1993 series. "Mate, if you just turn the bat over you'll find the instructions on the other side." Even the crowd got in on the act, as Phil Tuffnell, the England bowler found out to Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth confront Australia's Cameron Bancroft during day three of the third Test match between South Africa and Australia. "It was a long time ago, it's in the past," McGrath told CNN Sport of the sandpaper episode.

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But he is confident the players he worked with before leaving his post can help the Aussies in their quest to retain the ashes against Joe root's side.

After the home side have had to make do without a world-class all-rounder for so long, he believes the giant Green could make England's task an even taller one. 'The ashes always brings the best out of everyone,' says Hick.

'The Australian squad of 15 or 16 is looking very strong. Apart from having to get rid of a bit of rustiness, I think they'll be quite happy with where they are.

'There are probably a couple of slots where they would like people to hold their hands up and come into the ashes with a good volume of runs behind them in Shield cricket, but otherwise the side pretty much picks itself. 'Cameron Green is a very good player. He scored a double hundred in the Shield back in march.

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Graeme Hick is the Australia batting coach and will be coaching the Cricket Australia XI England will face in their final tour match. There was a certain symmetry about the weird yet wonderful careers of Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash. Unrelenting runscorers at domestic level, they were England’s 90s nearly men, with patchy international careers that did neither’s extravagant gifts justice. Both were in and out of the side, shunted up and down the order in the bad old days before central contracts.

Hick is now the batting coach of the Australian Test side and his focus is on helping them win The Ashes series that starts this week. There is even some typical Aussie bravado as he reveals their batsmen are desperately hoping that Jofra Archer, England’s new fast bowling sensation and World Cup Hick ’s batting guidance has already helped Australia win the last Ashes series, and another triumph would add to his credentials. The future could be another change of country, and we could even see him back in England as a head coach somewhere, perhaps in the new Hundred tournament.

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I think once his body is strong enough to get a good volume of overs in him then, providing he can remain injury-free, he'd be one player who could get picked in the side for either discipline.

He's that good.' Hick (below) dipped in and out of watching England's series in India, which ended in a heavy 3-1 defeat for the country he played 64 Tests for between 1991 and 2001.

England's win in Chennai in the opening match of that series was more than Hick ever managed in the country.

The thought of winning an ashes series, meanwhile, was pie in the sky for him during a period when Australia were utterly dominant. 'It's not easy playing in India,' he says. 'Playing in India and Australia provide different challenges. 'They're both very difficult tours. Going to Australia and going to India are the two toughest tasks there are in world cricket.

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'The schedules don't help. I think that's why teams are finding it much harder to win away from home. In recent years, you've seen people being very dominant in their own backyard and series getting a lot tighter towards the end.

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Graeme Hick would not be capable of such a gesture. And even if Atherton did let him score a hundred now and again, or indeed in every Test match from now until the next millennium, would never be able to overcome his natural diffidence. He does not yet admit to knowing anything about the dangers. As the game ended the man from the News of the World was waiting impatiently for the last question to dribble away, so he could lead him off to fulfil his exclusive contract, in the hope that there was something, somewhere left unsaid.

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'It's very difficult for a whole batting unit or for bowlers to acclimatise over the course of two warm-up fixtures — getting your lengths right or your batting plans in place is tough. 'Unless you walk off from those fixtures with a lot of runs and a lot of confidence, you're almost trying to find that form in the Test matches, which is obviously incredibly difficult.'

Given the quantity of cricket awaiting England this summer, the boot could actually be on the other foot when the 2021-22 ashes roll around. 'Australia will be quite happy with everything except the schedule,' says Hick.

'They only have one Test match before the ashes start and that's against Afghanistan. It won't have been far off a year since their last Test against India (in January).That's a long time, particularly before a series as huge as the ashes.'

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It remains a mystery why a cricketer of Hick's extraordinary ability has been unable to secure a job in the county game he dominated. He has explored coaching options in domestic cricket but, for the moment at least, the 54-year-old with 136 first class hundreds is still in Queensland waiting for opportunity to knock.

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There was talk of his 1988 achievement of 1,000 runs before the end of May being equalled in the current county season, but he looks like remaining the last man to achieve the feat.

His 172 not out against the West Indies saw him become only the second batsman since the Second World War to achieve the feat and only the eighth in history. 'I wasn't really aware of it until I scored a double hundred and then got that 405 against Somerset at Taunton,' he said.

'I thought I had blown it in the two matches that followed in the County Championship before I managed to get over the line against the West Indies.' If anyone can join that exclusive 1,000-run club, they will put their hand up for a trip to Australia next winter. Not that they will find life Down Under easy, according to someone who knows only too well how tough it can be.

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