Tom Moody. Big in England, big in his native Australia, and generally pretty big. The IPL winner will make The Oval his new home as Men's Head Coach. Here he discusses tactics, and his dream draft picks.
HOW WILL YOU USE THE TACTICAL TIMEOUT?
You need to provide clarity around what our objective is and stick to the game plan. You also review situations that may be different than were anticipated and respond to that.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE FIVE- OR 10-BALL DECISION-MAKING? HOW WILL YOU APPROACH THAT?
You will need to be nimble and flexible in how you want to approach it because there will be times where conditions will dictate those decisions. The game situation will also dictate your decision. You have to be well-planned and have a set idea on how you want to approach it but that may change and you need to be open-minded to make good decisions under pressure.
LONDON. TELL US ABOUT IT…
You’re never short of things to do especially as someone coming from Perth where those options aren’t the same. It’s a place you can easily get lost walking around and before you know it you’ve spent two hours walking in circles. It has such a diverse culture and you can experience different things every day of the week.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE?
You can be who you want. You see eccentricities which are encouraged and embraced as a part of the fabric of life. There’s a diverse and rich cultural mix which makes the city great.
YOU'VE PLAYED AND COACHED IN THE UK MORE THAN MOST. WHAT'S THE APPEAL?
From a playing perspective you can nearly play every day of the week so you’re doing something you absolutely love. It’s like a never-ending journey.
WHY DO YOU THINK THE HUNDRED SHOULD APPEAL TO FAMILIES?
Purely for intrigue and entertainment and to see the best players in the world adapt to a new format of the game. What we’ll see at first it will be the kids dragging the parents along and then over time it will be the parents dragging the family along.
LET'S TALK PLAYERS. WHO DO YOU WANT AT THE OVAL?
It’s hard to go past Ellyse Perry for the women’s team and if I could choose anyone in the world from the men’s game then I’ll take Virat Kohli.
AND IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYONE, EVER?
Sir Garfield Sobers. He was an amazing player.
WHAT ABOUT SOMEONE FROM OUTSIDE THE GAME?
Thor. I reckon with that hammer he’d knock the ball out of the ground quite comfortably. Good luck bowling to him.