Keys to Success
Curtis Campher – The next generation Ireland Cricketer?
How do the best batsmen succeed at international cricket? A gameplan to score runs and the confidence to execute the relevant shot are two essential requirements.
Mark Ramprakash was one of the most majestically talented batsmen of his generation. The former Surrey and Middlesex man had a technique from the cricketing gods yet Ramprakash never quite figured out how to score runs at international level. As the years went by the pressure mounted and sadly the confidence ebbed. The former England cricketer remains one of the most unfilled talents of all time.
How might Curtis Campher become the next great Ireland Cricketer?
A gameplan to score runs is fundamental to success and in the modern era Steve Smith has the perfect gameplan.
The former Australian captain adopts an unorthodox technique with the bat pointing to gully. However at the point of contact with the ball, Smith’s technique comes together and his balance and head position are aligned with absolute perfection. With a career test batting average of 62 he is unique in the contemporary game. Smith has the perfect gameplan and knows when and where to score his runs.
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Another former Australian captain, Steve Waugh, wrestled with consistency early in his career and had major struggles against the short ball. Consequently he completely eliminated the hook shot from his game. The result? Waugh became all time great by adopting a new game plan.
Curtis Campher – The Ireland Cricketer Needs Confidence
The ability to own the popping crease is pivotal to scoring runs. Throughout his illustrious career the great Sir Viv Richards almost took offence to the fielding side merely taking to the field!
Confidence and control are the foundation for every successful batsman and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was a player who exuded confidence. Pietersen scored runs with aplomb aided with an inner confidence unsurpassed in recent times.
With all this in mind, and while he has some way to go before joining the exalted company above, it appears Ireland have found a gem of an international player in Curtis Campher.
21 year old Campher toured Namibia with Ireland Wolves in February and his performances earned the South African born all-rounder a call up to the senior squad.
Campher has played with panache, guile and appears to have a confident gameplan. He has top scored for Ireland in both ODIs to date. His debut match yielded 59 not out (the second highest score by an Ireland debutant) and in the second ODI Campher compiled a self assured 68. Campher has scored his runs on both sides of the wicket and all over the ground. His performances have earned praise in commentary from the aforementioned Kevin Pietersen, of course another South African born international cricketer.
An added surprise is Campher’s bowling. Campher hits the deck deceptively hard and is not afraid to pitch it up. The delivery to trap Tom Banton lbw in the second ODI was sublime.
Despite being 2-0 down in the series, Ireland have at least shown fortitude in defeat. But they have been outclassed by the world champions with Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, and David Willey leading the way. The world champions are a formidable side.
The next few years will be challenging for Ireland as they rebuild and experiment with a new generation. However in Curtis Campher, Ireland have uncovered a player of undoubted talent and natural ability. Campher looks truly at home on the international stage with Ireland.
His all-round talents with both bat and ball should hold Ireland in good stead going into the future. They look like they have some great young talents to build their team on. Josh Little, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling and Harry Tector are also great Irish talents. Read about those and more here.
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Can Curtis Campher become the next great Ireland Cricketer?
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