Australia have enlisted the expertise of former England batsman Graeme Hick in the hope the ex-Worcestershire run machine can help their young stars construct substantial innings for their country in the future.

The increase in popularity of Twenty20 cricket has seen a mindset change in today's young Australian cricketers, with few possessing the mental capacity to compile runs over a long period in the intensity of Test cricket.

Gone are the vast reserves of young batting talent in Australia seen during the golden years of the 1990s and 2000s, and inexperienced players are being thrown in at the deep-end of international cricket lacking any meaningful batting education in the longer form of the game.

Theres is where Hick comes in and, with the former England star now residing on the Gold Coast of Australia, he has been drafted into Centre of Excellence to pass on his vast knowledge of run-scoring at the highest level.

"Australia thought I had something to add to the programme," Hick, who scored over 41,000 first class runs, told the Sunday Express.

"From the second week of May I’ll be working with the younger players.

"I’ve seen a few of the younger guys at club level and there are one or two decent young players. It’s a unique system in that players can go from Grade cricket to Test cricket very quickly. It’s very different to England.

"The way the Australia team is at the moment I would think that a lot of these younger guys will feel they have a real chance of making it into the side in the next 18 months or so."

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