Former Australian Cricket Great Hosts TGS Clinic2nd November 2018
Toowoomba Grammar School cricketers had the opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s greatest cricket coaches on Wednesday, 31 November.
The TGS 1st XI team, along with a selection of invited junior players, drew on the knowledge and experience of former Australian Cricket Coach, John Buchanan.
Buchanan had five successful years as the Queensland Bulls coach (1994-99) in which they won two Sheffield Shield titles and two Mercantile Mutual Cup wins.
He was appointed coach of the Australian Cricket team in October 1999 and enjoyed numerous successes, including a world-record 16 consecutive Test match victories and 23 ODI victories in World Cup tournaments, a 2001 and 2002–03 Ashes domination (winning both series 4–1), the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa, the 2004 tour of India, (in which Australia hadn’t won a series there in thirty-six years) and a whitewash of the Super Series that saw the Aussies up against a World XI.
In late 2006 Buchanan helped the team to their first ever ICC Champions Trophy victory after four previously failed attempts and followed this with a 5–0 whitewash in the 2006–07 Ashes Series, the first since the 1920–21 Series. In 2007 his team won their third consecutive World Cup.
Buchanan retired soon after and in 2009 he was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
The TGS cricket coaches and players are understandably excited to get some first-hand tips from a coach of Buchanan’s standard, who was extremely warm and engaging.
Pre-season training is in full swing at Toowoomba Grammar School and this clinic is just one of the many opportunities offered to TGS young players leading into the 2019 GPS Cricket competition.