Paul looking forward to Mumbai camp

It was announced this week that Somerset Assistant and Fielding Coach, Paul Tweddle is part of the coaching team at the specialist bowling camp in Mumbai which is being run by the ECB as part of a fresh approach to supporting England and Lions level players.

As part of the Individualised Programmes, eight players, including Dom Bess, are attending the camp to work with specialist spin bowling and batting coaches until December 17th.

Batsmen Will Jacks, James Bracey, Dan Lawrence, Keaton Jennings and Sam Hain are working with Surrey Assistant Head Coach, Vikram Solanki while Dom and the other spinners (Mason Crane and Amar Virdi) are honing their skills with Gloucestershire Head Coach, Richard Dawson.

Former Sri Lanka international spinner Rangana Herath is also working with the young spinners for part of the camp, while Paul will work on fielding skills and Bruce French will work with Bracey on his wicketkeeping.

The Group arrived in Mumbai this week but before they left, we spoke to Paul about the camp. “It’s going to be a really good experience and one that I’m very much looking forward to,” he said. “Carl Hopkinson, the ECB’s Lead Fielding Coach, spoke to me and asked if I would be available to go on the trip and I was more than happy to take him up on the offer.

“We’ll be doing quite a lot of one to one coaching because it’s quite a small group. That means we’ll have a lot of individual time with the players. There will be a few matches too, so we can look at how they operate in the field on a matchday.

“The quality of the people on this trip is outstanding and I’m really looking forward to spending some time with them. It will also be good to see how Dom gets on in that environment. It will be really good to see how he progresses over the three weeks. It’s a great opportunity for him to develop some skills in some different conditions and to challenge himself. The experience can only be good for him.

“I want to find out how I operate in different environments and it will be interesting to see how other coaches operate at that level. It will be good to be exposed to some different players and how they go about their business on a daily basis. Hopefully I can learn something from them too.

“I’ll be growing every day out there and picking up information. As a coach you have to stay open minded to all aspects of the game and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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