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New Zealand Cricket Inc - 108th Annual Report - 2001/02

A N N U A L   R E V I E W

To-date 68 male and seven female athletes have attended the New Zealand Cricket Academy. In total 69 graduates have represented their provinces at the highest level. Of these, 24 male and six female players have gone on to attain national honours.

The mission statement of the Academy is to prepare players to make a contribution to cricket in New Zealand at first-class level. The Academy intake is designed to take players with the potential to play international cricket and provide them with a unique and intensive programme of skill and strategy development and with a winter training and playing opportunity on the understanding that the pathway to national teams is through domestic first-class cricket. At the same time the intake is also chosen with a view to targeting areas of the game in which New Zealand has been traditionally weak. In recent years this has meant the promotion of spin bowlers and top order batsmen.

The 2001 Academy commenced in April 2001 with a series of 'proficiency games' played in Adelaide against the Australian Academy. Valuable information was gathered regarding team and individual weaknesses and these were addressed during the skills-based coaching programme. The introduction of modified games, which focused on strategies and decision making, was a further development to the Academy programme.

A comprehensive playing programme in October provided the athletes with the opportunity to display their talent against the Australian Academy, Queensland Academy and against three Major Association sides. Having members of the TelstraClear Black Caps playing alongside and against the Academy athletes was a highlight of the programme, with information flowing freely between the players.

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