London Spirit, get to know one of your men’s head coaches. Shane Warne is heading to Lord’s. He reveals: Timeout plans. Draft picks. And his favourite London restaurant. He’s thrilled to be onboard.
How will you use the tactical timeout?
It’s all about communication and not overloading with information. You’ve only got a couple of minutes. If you’re going out to see the batsmen then it’s just about what message you can take back to the players in the dugout. If it’s a run-chase, finding out how they see it and making sure they’ve got a plan.
What about the role of 5 or 10 balls from an end?
I’ve thought about this. Do you leave it to the last 10 balls and one guy bowls at the end? Jofra Archer might bowl 10 balls at the end, but does he bowl 10 balls at the start? He might take two or three wickets. It would be a case of throwing it around with the players and see what they think about it.
Who would be your first draft pick?
Ellyse Perry would be the women’s player. She’s just an absolute gun. It would depend on the make-up of the team. Any time you’ve got AB de Villiers, Andre Russell or Rashid Khan then I think you’re going to do okay. And they’ll get bums on seats.
And a celebrity draft pick?
I can’t split between Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran. I think those two guys would be great and they both love their cricket. Ed loves his cricket and he’s a mate. Any Sheeran fans out there, you probably want to be part of our team. He’ll be hanging with us.
How excited are you to coach at Lord’s?
The history and tradition of everything at Lord’s, it is the home of cricket. I’m very proud and very honoured to be asked to be the head coach of the team. The opportunity to do that and the opportunity to do something new and work with modern-day players is something that I really enjoy. It’s different. I’m thoroughly looking forward to it.
What do you love about London?
It reminds me of Melbourne in that there’s always something happening. There’s always a concert or an arts show, there’s great food. It’s not just sport. I love eating at Pizza Pomodoro in Beauchamp Place. Tuesday night is Elvis night which I absolutely love and on a Sunday night I usually get the boys together and have a few beers there. My kids love it too. I’ve been going for the best part of 25 years. I’m a regular with my own table!
Shane Warne, men's head coach at Lord's
Who would you bring to The Hundred?
My kids would be here for sure. They love it. My kids always love coming to the cricket. They’re really excited about coming to watch some games. They love coming to Lord’s and they love London. They’ve been coming here all their life so they’ll be looking forward to bringing their friends down.
What will get families to games?
They can debate the tactics of it all. As a family you can discuss all those tactics and hopefully catch one in the crowd. It’s a great day out for the family. Young boys and girls coming to the cricket will have a great time, especially here at Lord’s where the crowd is respectful. This will be the place to be.