Samuel Badree in action © Getty Images (File Photo)
Samuel Badree in action © Getty Images (File Photo)

Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday hired the services of West Indies spinner Samuel Badree to work with the World champions’ young tweakers. Badree, who is the World No.1 ranked bowler in Twenty20 Internationals, will work alongside CA spin programme head coach John Davison at a training camp in Brisbane next month. The camp will run from May 11 to 15 at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) with the spinners chosen by Davison and NCC head coach Troy Cooley after consultation with Rod Marsh and state talent managers.

“I am looking forward to being involved in this programme to share my experiences and philosophies with the young spinners of Australia and hopefully impart something to them that would make them better players. It’s my first visit to Australia as well and I look forward to the experience,” said Badree. “My greatest success has been in the shorter versions of the game so I hope to impart knowledge based on that; the importance of control when bowling, adapting to different conditions and taking wickets through guile is crucial. Samuel Badree appointed assistant coach of a Trinidad and Tobago club

The 34-year-old has played 22 T20I, picking up 31 wickets at an average of 14.96 and 4/15 as his best figures. “I look forward to being part of the spin week and sharing reasons for success, the pressures of the international game, various T20 leagues and being the No.1 T20 bowler in the world,” Badree said. CA’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: “The knowledge and experience that Sammy Badree can share with our young spinners will be a quality extension to previous programmes. The camp looks to extend the work being done and to challenge players in different ways to assess the game and grow personally.

“We’re delighted to have Sammy join John Davison and some of the country’s best young spinners for the week, and to build on the expertise Shane Warne and Muthiah Muralidaran have brought to our spin programme in the last two seasons.” Following the camp, the Trinidadian will spend an additional week with the National Performance Squad at the NCC in Brisbane from May 18 to 22. Saqlain Mushtaq: Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine are skilful cricketers