So Pete Neville, welcome to Indoor Cricket World.
thanks Sheldon, great to be able to talk to you again.
And I do like your intro - the "handsome" bit was a
nice touch. And thoroughly deserved I might add.
No problem. But back to you . . . you've had a very
long and successful career with Indoor Cricket both
as a player and coach. Let's look at the coaching
side first. When did you first decide to coach?
I first started coaching junior cricket at the age of
that's field cricket, not indoor?
that's right, I didn't play indoor until I was in my
late 20`s HHHMM!!! That's some time ago now.
we'll get on to your indoor cricket history soon,
but for the time being we'll stay with this. That's
very young to start coaching? Why did you start
coaching at that age?
well, I thought the coach we had was boring and lacked
imagination, so I applied for the job. I thought I
could do a better job. Not like me to be cocky or
anything of course.
Not like you at all . . . . . You obviously liked
I did. I continued with the juniors, then my first
Senior Coaching was at age 22.
what was it about coaching that kept you interested?
simply watching players skills improve, and being part
of it. This was especially the case with the juniors,
but still applies today.
Would you rather coach or play?
I would much rather coach AND play, and did both in my
younger days. But at my age now, I just coach.
do you still play at all nowadays?
I do play every now and then
Okay, back to the history . . . after you started
playing indoor cricket, did you continue playing
I certainly did. I played indoor cricket during the
winter so I could improve on those areas I thought
needed some work. It was great when outdoor season
started again as I felt it put me a step or two ahead
of most other players.
now that is interesting, and I'm pleased to hear you
say it. I guess you too have heard the "experts"
over the years telling us that indoor and outdoor
cricket should never mix, to the point where I know
State and Australian outdoor cricket players were
banned from indoor cricket?
well, in my opinion that is a load of crap!!! All it
did for me was to improve ALL aspects of my game. It
really pees me off every time I hear people say that,
and yes, I have heard it a lot over the years. The
only players it might confuse would be someone who
doesn't understand their game and therefore can't
adjust. Better players have no problem at all.
As you know, a few years ago I conducted an interview
with Brad Zeller, then the Australian
Women's Indoor Cricket team coach. Brad had the same
opinion as you. Here's what he said in that
Zeller: "As far as indoor spoiling your outdoor, well,
we hear it said all the time. But I think it's an
excuse used by players who cannot take the next step
in outdoor, or coaches who do not have the ability to
work with what they have. It's easier to blame
something so they blame Indoor Cricket. Lets face it,
if you are not going to play outdoor for your State,
why should playing indoor concern you anyway? If you
are good enough you will make it. It never seemed to
harm Steve or Mark Waugh too much. They both played
Indoor Cricket for New South Wales for a couple of
years without any detrimental effects"
I agree. I think it's obvious, but we still hear it.
every summer, first game of outdoor after a winter
of indoor, I had to fight the urge to run on
everything. Other than that, I totally agree with
That's right, you adjust. I've heard that some of
those same State coaches are now saying it's okay to
combine the two. Probably because the game has finally
been recognised by Cricket Australia. Can I say
"dickheads" on Indoor Cricket World?
Of course not.
Okay, then I won't . . .
on that note, we'll end this the first installment of
the Peter (Nifty) Neville Interview.
will be back soon to continue his thoughtful and
amusing story . . . . stay tuned.
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