Cricket: Graveney has changes in mind

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David Graveney, England's new chairman of selectors, is planning to oversee a flexible fresh approach to the continued development of the national team.

Personalised coaching will be encouraged, alongside specific work with a player designed to help him come to terms mentally as well as physically with the demands of the international game.

"Most players have a guru-like figure behind them - someone who has been there to help them all along - but they may also need something extra when they get to the international arena," Graveney said.

"Robert Croft, for instance, has always had Don Shepherd around at Glamorgan, but on last winter's tour the work John Emburey was able to do with him was very valuable.

"My aim is to identify when a player needs certain work, and to make that available. Sometimes it will be with his county coach, or someone within his home county, but sometimes too he could benefit from an outside influence."

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