Cricketers impress new coach Reeve

New boss: Blacktown Cricket Club's head coach Dermot Reeve will bring international experience to the squad this season. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

New boss: Blacktown Cricket Club's head coach Dermot Reeve will bring international experience to the squad this season. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

AFTER first grade's last-place finish in 2013/14, Blacktown Cricket Club has brought in one of English cricket's great winners with the appointment of Dermot Reeve.

Reeve, who played three Tests for England in the early 1990s, will take over as Blacktown's head coach this season, and after the first training session he's already encouraged by what he has to work with.

"It was exciting to see the talent and have a look at their techniques," Reeve said.

"I talked about the attitude I expected and they looked good in the nets considering they hadn't had a hit in a few months."

Reeve certainly has a CV that most coaches would envy.

After a first-class career that culminated in him being named in Warwickshire's greatest team, he coached many first class and international sides, including being New Zealand's Twenty20 bowling coach.

Despite taking the reins of a struggling first grade side, Reeve said he had not given their poor 2014/14 a second thought.

"I'm not caught up in the past. All that matters is the next game coming up," he said.

So how will he get the best out of the playing group of more than 50?

"I try to make them think like winners and behave like leaders," he said.

"I try and bring the right energy to the group and I'm a big believer in the self-reliance of players and the power of the player's thoughts.

"I played as an all-rounder so I see the game from both sides."

Reeve, who took 460 first-class wickets, said taking on an Australian squad was quite different to coaching in his homeland.

"I would say the Aussie players are tougher on themselves and show natural leadership. The English are a bit more quiet," he said.

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