building, a puzzling decision, and some see the slightest little glimmer
of hope at the end of the tunnel.
Well, virtually on
the eve of Indoor Cricket's premiere event, there's plenty of off-court
events to keep us interested.
When it was revealed
the highly credentialled Brad Zeller, incumbent Coach of the Australian
Women's team, had withdrawn from the position, a few eyebrows were raised
around the world. Some of those eyebrows reportedly went through the roof
when Brad's replacement was revealed. However, as noted by both the New
Zealand women's coach and the England women's coach (see below), the Aussie
girls are a very, very strong side, and just who coaches them may not
be an issue ... unless things don't go to plan. It's true that a coach
can really show his/her worth when something out of the ordinary occurs,
and it would appear that plans are already being hatched amongst a few
teams to provide "something out of the ordinary". Ross Collins
(the new Australian women's coach) might have an interesting baptism into
International coaching duties - but what new coach wouldn't like to have
the Australian women's team behind them, and someone as experienced as
Dave Lewis (Australian men's coach) to call on for advice?
Of course, the Australian management are no doubt counting on Brad's withdrawal
not having too negative an effect on the team. As long as the rumours
about the "real" reason for Brad's withdrawal aren't true, this
may not be too big an issue.
these goings-on, the other nations will still have to come up with something
pretty special to seriously threaten the Australian women . . . . it will
be fascinating to see if they can.
New Zealand Women's coach regrets Brad
Zeller's withdrawal - and throws down gauntlet to Australia
Cricket World is pleased to present the following comments, from Tai Walters,
the New Zealand Women's World Cup squad coach, on Brad Zeller's withdrawal
"It is a shame for Brad that he has had to withdraw from this
World Cup. His replacement, whilst mature and worldly, will I believe
not carry the impetus that Brad has. Let's not be hasty though, as Australia
are a team against which all others benchmark themselves. Brad and I have
enjoyed Over 30's Test battles, and as coaches battled through the previous
World Cup. I have been looking forward to rekindling our battles, and
in beating a full strength Australian Women's Team. The New Zealand Team
is prepared for the World Cup, looking forward to competing hard and bringing
home the World Cup".
Ladies Coach comments on Australian coach withdrawal.
Asked by Indoor Cricket World for his comments on the withdrawal of the
Australian Ladies Coach, Brad Zeller, the English Ladies Coach, Alan Hughes
said "It won't help their preparation, but Australia are so strong
on paper that it shouldn't affect them too much. Brad was a superb coach
but at the end of the day they could be led by Snoopy and still have a
chance. Where it might tell is if things don't go according to plan in
South Africa as the new Coach won't have Brad's experience. And we will
be making every effort to ensure that happens"
2000 Indoor Cricket World (formerly the Australian Indoor Cricket Page)