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Old January 23, 2011, 02:31 AM
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Default LIVE and EXCLUSIVE Discussion with Coach Julien Fountain

Fielding coach Julien Fountain has graciously agreed to an interview with BanglaCricket. Just like Ian Pont's interview, I am soliciting your questions. I am assuming the brunt of the questions might be related to preparations for the impending WC and on the chosen 15.

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Old January 23, 2011, 02:42 AM
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How satisfied are you with the progress the boys made under you so far?

Will you be interested to extend your contract with Bangladesh team beyond the world cup?
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Old January 29, 2011, 08:55 AM
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How satisfied are you with the progress the boys made under you so far?

Will you be interested to extend your contract with Bangladesh team beyond the world cup?
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Really happy with the progress, the guys are working really hard in their build up process, and we are looking forward to showing the world exactly what Bangladesh Cricket means today !

My contract runs out at the end of March, and as of today nobody has approached me with the intention of offering a new one. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here in Dhaka / Chittagong and would be more than happy to stay on beyond the end of March, providing the offer falls within the parameters which I need to make a commitment.

At this point I am totally focuused on making sure that I have given everything possible to allow the players to perform on Feb 19th and all the way through to the final.
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Old January 23, 2011, 02:42 AM
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Question from Wafi Sattar: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate our entire fielding unit in terms of agility, hitting the target, speed and overall a fielding unit especially for the World Cup. Are we ready enough to make a big difference with the fielding? Of course match situation matters and that is a whole different story but still, how highly would you rate the current outfit of 15 for the World Cup?
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:04 AM
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Question from Wafi Sattar:
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate our entire fielding unit in terms of agility, hitting the target, speed and overall a fielding unit especially for the World Cup. Are we ready enough to make a big difference with the fielding? Of course match situation matters and that is a whole different story but still, how highly would you rate the current outfit of 15 for the World Cup?
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If you are asking for a single mark out of 10, thats being a tad simplistic however here goes . . . . as of today . . . .an 8, by Feb 19 it will be . . . . a 10

Are we ready to make a big difference, absolutely. Are Economy Rate is sky high, Our Wicket taking Opportunity conversion is up and our Error rate is down. In laymans terms, it is now as if we bat with 12 not 11 players, as we contribute 30-40 runs (saved) in the field.

Because there are very few published statistics on fielding, it is difficult to compare teams as it tends to be "One persons view against the other" which often leads to bias and poor judgement. That is why i have designed software to eliminate the hearsay and only record fact. In answer to your question, I rate them very highly.
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Old January 23, 2011, 02:49 AM
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1.What particular characteristic is sin qua non of such players like Jonty, Collingwood, de Villiers and ones like them? [[Of course, it's not always about flashy diving and you did mention that overseas players are more likely to dive because of their related sports like rugby.]

2. Strengths and weakness of players in the 15 man squad.
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:09 AM
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1.What particular characteristic is sin qua non of such players like Jonty, Collingwood, de Villiers and ones like them? [[Of course, it's not always about flashy diving and you did mention that overseas players are more likely to dive because of their related sports like rugby.]

2. Strengths and weakness of players in the 15 man squad.
Answer:
1. An elite fielder has the following characteristics:
Speed, Agility, Bravery, Excellent hand to eye coordination, Excellent command of the 100 plus fielding skills & variants !

2. Sorry, that file is confidential as it contains tacticallly useful information!
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Old January 23, 2011, 05:18 AM
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Q: How have you used your Baseball expertise,tactics and experience with the BD team?Please describe?

Q: Besides bowling, could you elaborate the various inputs you have passed on to our batters. For example, like Baseball style power batting, how does this help the batters, especially with the tail enders?

Thanks- I think he is a very interesting coach to interview? Good Luck!
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:19 AM
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Q: How have you used your Baseball expertise,tactics and experience with the BD team?Please describe?

Q: Besides bowling, could you elaborate the various inputs you have passed on to our batters. For example, like Baseball style power batting, how does this help the batters, especially with the tail enders?

Thanks- I think he is a very interesting coach to interview? Good Luck!
Answer:
My cricket / baseball background is apparent in every area of my coaching, as I tend to not simply conform to "Normal Cricket Thinking" but instead challenge players, skills coaches to address each situation or topic with fact, not merely accept the traditional approach.

I coach each skill with the intention of allowing the player to perform it to their maximum potential. During a week where Ian Pont & myself designed the program, we incorporated a Baseball power mechanics session for all batters (as these mechanics are being used in IPL etc with increasingly good results) and a drop ball (bunting) session for batters to encourage strike rotation and to prove that it is possible to run well between the wickets if you commit 100 % to it, and not stutter step.

I have also run a couple of tail ender sessions (before Zimbabwe series) aimed at simplifying their role, so they are not confused on the big stage, and keep their shot selection simple and concise, with a well established game plan.
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Old January 23, 2011, 05:22 AM
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New Zealand and South Africa are the two best fielding sides in the world.
Can you at least train these boys to field like these two teams? that means a lot of hard work, are they up to it?
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:31 AM
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New Zealand and South Africa are the two best fielding sides in the world.
Can you at least train these boys to field like these two teams? that means a lot of hard work, are they up to it?
Answer:

Firstly, I would like to enquire how you came to that decision (because unless you can provide a full package of statistics comparing teams like for like, that is merely opinion, not actual fact) I am, of course, playing devils advocate here as cricket does not publish proper fielding statistics, which is why i have designed some software to do this job. For example player 1 has taken 12 catches in a series, and player 2 has only taken 10. Who is the better catcher ? (what is not documented is that player 1 had 24 chances and caught 12 and player 2 had 10 chances and caught 10) you decide who is better the man with the higher number or the man with the higher percentage success rate.



Secondly:
Learning the actual skills / tactics is only one part of the job; the other aspects are a littel tougher to gain i.e Bravery, as the two teams you mentioned both have a proud rugby heritage, so the players will have grown up hitting the ground, so it does not worry them. Cultures who do not play contact sports, will always be disadvantaged in the field as the fear of hitting the ground must be overcome in order to perform well in the field.
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Old January 23, 2011, 05:41 AM
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  • You know Mushfiqur Rahim is weak in wicketkeeping and often does some mistakes.How are you helping him? or don't you think we should seek for another specialist wicketkeeper continuing Rahim as batsman only?
  • We have been noticing more Run Out occurring in Bangladesh innings rather than breaking opponent's healthy partnership with half/full run out chance.how are you solving this?
  • Rotating strike,taking quick single,longer partnership based on singles & doubles.our cricketers seem to be very weak in these issue.
  • What do you think, How well are we going to do in this world cup?
  • Say something to banglacricket.com and the fans!

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Old January 29, 2011, 10:00 AM
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  • You know Mushfiqur Rahim is weak in wicketkeeping and often does some mistakes.How are you helping him? or don't you think we should seek for another specialist wicketkeeper continuing Rahim as batsman only?
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  • We have been noticing more Run Out occurring in Bangladesh innings rather than breaking opponent's healthy partnership with half/full run out chance.how are you solving this?
  • Rotating strike,taking quick single,longer partnership based on singles & doubles.our cricketers seem to be very weak in these issue.
  • What do you think, How well are we going to do in this world cup?
  • Say something to banglacricket.com and the fans!

    thank you!
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Statistically, Mushy is our best performer in the field, so i am not sure how you have come to your decision !

Runnning between the wickets comes under batting, which is not my department !
As far as us converting runout chances, we are operating at around 70-100% genuine chance conversion rate both on the ground and in the air.

"We are here to win the world cup. You dont enter a race with the intention of coming second, you enter with the intention of winning. Hard work, bravery, intelligence and a little luck . . . .???"
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Old January 23, 2011, 05:42 AM
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Anyone saw his interview on NTV and can comment on it?
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Old January 23, 2011, 06:12 AM
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Who are speacialist fielders for speacial fielding position in Bangladesh Team ?
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:03 AM
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Who are speacialist fielders for speacial fielding position in Bangladesh Team ?
Sorry, tactical information is confidential. You will have to wait until Feb 19th to see who fields where (but yes we do have an elite special unit, who are backed up by specialist individuals in other areas)
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Old January 23, 2011, 09:09 AM
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Observation: Quick & Sharp return by the fielders, is very important in putting the batsman in pressure and wearing them out by forcing them to run faster. Our fielders seem to lack in this department, they seem to keep the ball in possesion & delay in returing the ball, which allows the bats man to stroll instead of running.

Q1 : Are we going to see some drastic changes during the world cup in our players' behaviour in this regard?

Q2: Which are the areas of our team's fielding, we can expect to see note able improvement during this WC?
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:17 AM
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Observation: Quick & Sharp return by the fielders, is very important in putting the batsman in pressure and wearing them out by forcing them to run faster. Our fielders seem to lack in this department, they seem to keep the ball in possesion & delay in returing the ball, which allows the bats man to stroll instead of running.

Q1 : Are we going to see some drastic changes during the world cup in our players' behaviour in this regard?
seconds . . . .

Q2: Which are the areas of our team's fielding, we can expect to see note able improvement during this WC?
Answer:
Runouts are caused by a combination of poor judgement (by the batters) and good skill execution by the fielders. Perhaps an important point on this topic is . . . What exactly is a genuine runout opportunity? There is absolutely no point in our players picking up and throwing the ball hard, if there is not a genuine runout opportunity. It is a simple equation depending on a players ability to throw a ball at a particular speed, over a particular distance, will take a certain amount of time. Time = Distance / speed, so if a player is 60m and throws the ball at 30 m/sec it will take 2 full seconds to cover the desired distance. Then there is the accuracy issue . . . . . and the time it takes to pick up and transfer the ball first . . . . If the leading runners go wicket to wicket in 2.7

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All of them, hopefully ! Especially aggression and Intensity.
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are you happy to coach a side like Bangladesh? what is the best part of your job?
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are you happy to coach a side like Bangladesh? what is the best part of your job?
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Having coached Pakistan, West Indies and England previously, I can honestly say that I am really happy to be here in Bangladesh coaching these guys. I enjoy each day as it is an opportunity to assist these young guys with preparing for the biggest event of their lives.

To see a player struggle with a skill, speak to me, learn a solution then demonstrate it in a game.
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This is a question not to Mr. Fountain specifically, but, as a specialist fielding coach.

In '99 World Cup, we had a very 'unfit' playing side compared to today's national team players, but the strength of that team was that everybody could actually "catch" the ball when the ball was in the air at a catch-able height.

But in this World Cup, even before the World Cup - during the Zimbabwe series, I have seen lots of catches going down - easy catches - in that context, how satisfied are you about the concentration level of our current national team players?

Is it just pressure, or 'inability' of our current side to actually 'hold on to the catches'?

After all, catches win matches, isn't it?
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This is a question not to Mr. Fountain specifically, but, as a specialist fielding coach.

In '99 World Cup, we had a very 'unfit' playing side compared to today's national team players, but the strength of that team was that everybody could actually "catch" the ball when the ball was in the air at a catch-able height.

But in this World Cup, even before the World Cup - during the Zimbabwe series, I have seen lots of catches going down - easy catches - in that context, how satisfied are you about the concentration level of our current national team players?

Is it just pressure, or 'inability' of our current side to actually 'hold on to the catches'?

After all, catches win matches, isn't it?
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If you can show me proper statistics that prove A: the 99 WC side caught a higher percentage of catches than the 2010 NZ / Zim side and B: what our catch to drop percentage ratio is currently (NZ + Zim) and C: What exactly is your definition of Lots of easy catches going down, or poor concentration, then I am all ears . . . .

If you read some of my previous responses you will realise that these are loaded questions, simply because you wont be able to do either A or B. This relates directly to my favourite phrase . . .Fielding, make it fact not fiction. (Or in other words, unless you have facts to share, it is simply your perception of good & bad) I deal in facts and facts only with regard to fielding, and I waste lots of time arguing with people who say one player is good whilst another is bad, without being able to identify and add facts to the debate.

The current squad is pretty good with regard to skill execution. How they react under WC pressure . . . .well we will have to wait and see, but we have worked hard on the technical, tactical, physical, & mental aspects of fielding with them. The rest is up to them !
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Tell us something about your fielding software. How this software can help our fielding?
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Tell us something about your fielding software. How this software can help our fielding?
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It is a software package which allows a coach to log complete fielding information for each ball in a game. This then allows not only a player by player breakdown, but it accurately allocates both praise / blame for individual events, without being clouded by ignorance of the subject or pre existing bias. Fact is recorded as fact. This allows for individually designed training programs based around a players performance.
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Tell us something about your fielding software. How this software can help our fielding?
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It is a software package which allows a coach to log complete fielding information for each ball in a game. This then allows not only a player by player breakdown, but it accurately allocates both praise / blame for individual events, without being clouded by ignorance of the subject or pre existing bias. Fact is recorded as fact. This allows for individually designed training programs based around a players performance.
Coach I had some more questions on the fielding software.

1. Is there any package that gives a breakdown or percentage analysis on what kind of certain players get out playing a particular shot to set up field accordingly?

2. Do other teams use different software with other packages or is the core model the same with variations?

[I hope I am not repeating the questions; searched back but couldn't find anything similar. Please discard if it's repetition. ]
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