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Old 28-Apr-2016
Study tour in the USA slated for upcoming Australian coaches

Some of Australia's rising cricket coaches, including Justin Langer and Ryan Harris, will be honing their expertise during a study tour in the United States of America in June.

During the tour they will experience a variety of elite sports, colleges and media institutions, including the San Francisco Giants, ESPN, Google, Apple, Facebook and high-profile universities. The participants will examine what it takes to create a culture of excellence.

Guest hosts and speakers on the trip will include David Epstein, author and renowned sports journalist, Professor Wade Gilbert from California State University and Major League Team coaching panels.

Greg Blewett, Australia fielding and batting coach, Phil Jaques, Queensland coach, and Graeme Hick, Australia's assistant coach, are some of the other members of the group. Brad Hodge and Mike Hussey were not available for the tour due to Caribbean Premier League commitments.

Pat Howard, Cricket Australia executive general manager team performance, said it was important to invest in the professional development of current elite coaches as well as those coming through the pathway system.

"This program represents a significant piece of the overall Elite Coach Program in place for the year," he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 27). "All those selected for this tour are currently working across Australian cricket and have been identified as future national coaches. It's about seeing what works well in other elite environments. This trip provides a great opportunity to look outside the box and expand our thinking in a number of areas."

Howard said plans were in place to organise further study tours next year, with a particular focus on female programs.

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