Tom Maynard, son of Matthew, fell 29 short of emulating his father today by hitting 71 on debut for Glamorgan. Maynard senior hit 102 against Yorkshire in 1985 and by all accounts, his 18-year-old son is a chip off the old block.
I suppose it isn’t too surprising that a new coach wants to have his closest allies by his side, but the axing of Matthew Maynard and prompt replacement of Andy Flower did show one thing. Peter Moores, the new England coach, will do things his way. Flower’s been working with Moores at the Academy, I think on a part-time basis due to his commitments with Essex. And as ever, a new appointment brings a flurry of quotes from people saying how amazing and wonderful Flower is, a blooming marvellous batting coach, etc.
Who will be next on Moores’ culling list?
I must say, this has been brewing in the back of my mind since England lost the first one-dayer at Lord’s. But I avoided mentioning it in either of my verdicts as I felt it was not only premature, but too controversial. Enter Tim de Lisle who, handily, has done it for me, and rather more directly and eloquently too:
6. Replace the coach
Some players are just better suited to Test than one-day cricket. Some coaches are too. Duncan Fletcher was a handy one-day player himself for Zimbabwe, but his style as a coach – patient, methodical, painstaking – is better geared to Test cricket. With the help of central contracts, four-day cricket, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan, he has changed the culture of the Test team. But he hasn’t done much for the one-day side. He should either have a rethink or step aside for someone with a real feel for the one-day game. It could be someone Fletcher would approve of, like Andy Flower, already a mentor to Chris Read and Alistair Cook. Or it could be someone Fletcher wouldn’t approve of at all, like Adam Hollioake. Desperate times, desperate measures.
Who to pick? Matthew Maynard, who some believe is the main in waiting for the top job? Tim’s right: Fletcher is too calm and methodical a coach to be sufficiently proactive (not reactive) in a one-day series. That’s the impression I get, anyway.
There is a Wales v Rest Of The World match tonight, a Thirty30 game to honour Matthew Maynard’s efforts for Welsh cricket, and Glamorgan. Maynard is now assistant coach to Duncan Fletcher, and is widely tipped to replace him when Fletcher hangs up his tracksuit. Some handy names on show tonight:
Rest of the World XI: Jimmy Adams, Ian Butler, Vasbert Drakes, Damien Fleming, Darren Ganga, Chris Harris, Rashid Latif, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mark Richards, Sir Viv Richards, Richie Richardson.
Wales: Dan Cherry, Dean Cosker, Tony Cottey, Andrew Davies, Adam Harrison, David Harrison, David Hemp, Matt Maynard, Tom Maynard, Mike Powell, Mark Wallace, Lloyd Smith.