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Tasmania: cricket nursery to the world

Submitted by rickeyre on February 2, 2006 - 1:55pm

It's March 5, 1988 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Tasmania loses a Sheffield Shield match to New South Wales by eight wickets. Never mind the fact that the NSW team included nine past, present or future Australian internationals, take a look at the Tasmanian lineup, and you'll see why the Apple Isle was the hotbed of off-field cricketing talent for the 21st century.

There's Troy Cooley, who last year was the fast bowling coach to the England team and is now working with the Australian team in a similar capacity.

There's Allister de Winter, who is Bangladesh's High Performance Manager and will be coaching their Under-19 team in this month's world cup.

There's Keith Bradshaw, who has just been appointed as the next CEO of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

And there's David Boon, future coach, Tasmanian media manager, Australian selector, and now enjoying immortality following the release of the Talking Boony.

Such a talented gathering, and that 1988 match at the SCG was the only time that Bradshaw, Cooley, de Winter and Boon appeared in the same first-class eleven.