Graeme Hick exclusive: Australia waiting for quality batsmen

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Australian cricket's high performance coach Graeme Hick, speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, insists the country are still searching for a young top order batsmen who is good enough to break into the senior side.

Hick was appointed as high performance coach of Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in September 2013 and is now working with players from Australia A and Australia Under 19s.

While the former England batsman remains excited about the potential of Australia's emerging cricketer and admitted that Australia A and the under 19s top order batsmen are yet to assert themselves.

"Australia at the moment is certainly very well stocked in the fast bowling category and there are a few good spinners coming through.

"I suppose if you thought there might be a little gap in Australian cricket, you might say that they would like some more runs from their top order.

"But at the moment, we are still searching for someone to hold their hand up and take the opportunity to form a career for themselves in Australia's top order, where there are a few spots available. 

"I am not 100% sure that there is someone of (Ricky) Ponting's quality or pedigree set to come through in the next year or so. But give it another two or three years, there are certainly a lot of young guys, who will become good players.

"It is always difficult to lose seven great players, as Australia did. From the people I have dealt with up to now, there are some good young batters coming through, but they are still two or three years away from playing for Australia."

But after they thrashed England to regain the Ashes and claimed a historic win in their three-test series against South Africa, the Aussies, who sit at the summit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) test and One Day International (ODI) world rankings, have no serious concerns about their current top order.

Hick, who played for England 65 times and scored over 40,000 first-class runs in his illustrious 15-years career, replaced former Australia batsman Stuart Law, who left the position to become the head coach of Queensland, following Darren Lehman's appointment as Australia coach in June 2013. 

Australia's high performance coach is not concerned about the lack of quality top order batsman. Instead he is working closely with the country's youngsters and waiting patiently.

"It has certainly taken a while to settle in," conceded Hick, "I'm getting to understand a totally new system, I'm working with a lot of new people and I'm starting from scratch, forming new relationships, with players and staff.

"It's a big role and it's taking me time to fit in, but it is one I enjoy. The age group I work with have their careers ahead of them. I went through a lot of different situations and emotions throughout my career and I enjoy talking to the players and telling them what they can expect and what international cricket is about.

"I am just trying to prepare them for that, mentally as well as physically. You just try and pass on your knowledge and just form a good relationship with the players."

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