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Shane impressed

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, June 06, 2014

NEWLY-APPOINTED Cricket Fiji coach Shane Jurgensen is impressed with what he saw during his first two training sessions with the national side.

The former Bangladesh mentor arrived into the country on Tuesday and wasted no time in trying to familiarise with the standard of cricket in the country.

The Australian mentor was impressed with the fitness of the players and is looking forward to his three-year journey with Cricket Fiji.

"I haven't seen much yet. Just attended two training sessions and a skills session yesterday (Wednesday)," Jurgensen said.

"I was very impressed with what I saw. The senior boys have lots of fitness and intensity is good and I'm also impressed with the high performance squad of under-17 boys."

Jurgensen said he would spend some time gauging the performance of the players and working out strategies that will best suited them.

He said there was no quick fix in cricket and it would take time to get the national side back on top.

"I sort of looked closely at the Easter tournament and it was very good tournament and a very exciting finish.

"In the next few weeks, I will be assessing the place, the players and the facilities and what we need to do to put a program in place.

"Its hard to initially come in and change everything because I don't really want it because there are players who play their cricket in their own way, so it's a matter of me adapting and also the players and coaching staff adapting in me.

"We want to build a strong base and then we can actually look to create more success … there is no quick fixes in cricket," he said.

* NEXT WEEK: Full interview.


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