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'Fiji has talent'

Paulini Ratulailai
Sunday, November 05, 2017

FORMER Australian international cricketer and two-time world cup winner Nathan Bracken is here to promote the sport of cricket.

Bracken was the chief guest for Cricket Fiji sports awards on Friday night at Albert Park.

"The big thing is that Fiji has the talent. We have seen that Fiji's ranking is unfortunate to have slipped a little bit but it is about rebuilding and putting in the trust back to the players," he said.

"The talent is there, I've been watching the games and some of the things that they can do without batting is something simple.

"I know back home, we coach and train kids to be able to do it and they can do it naturally so the natural talents are there.

"In all sports we can see that all Fijians are natural athletes and they are able to do it so it is just teaching the basics and getting those skills built through and it takes time.

"It's not something that happen overnight.

"We've seen Bangladesh, they have built themselves and it took them a while but they have put them into a side where they can challenge the best teams in the world.

"It is about the process and achieving the small goals and slowly working towards the bigger ones."

He added he dealt with big clubs in Sydney and was happy to communicate in having players come over and spend time with the Fijian players.

"I am happy to come back and help in any possible way.

"It is about giving Fiji the opportunity they deserve."

Cricket Fiji development officer Joe Rika said having Bracken over was the biggest achievement of the sport over the past years in terms of promoting the sport.

"Getting Ajay Amrit on board and Nathan coming down and helping us will assist us achieve small targets.

"This is massive for us and to make sure that we give what the sport deserves as cricket is a great sport and it is massive around the world.

"We want to give that respect back to that sport here in Fiji as well.

"We got a lot of young people who are involved in the sport and it is our role as well to liaise with the sport to make sure opportunities are available for them."

Nathan took 110 one-day international wickets in his 60th match and made him the second fastest Australian in history to reach the milestone.

In the record breaking fifth ODI during Australia's tour of South Africa in 2006, Bracken achieved his maiden five-wicket haul, taking 5-67 off 10 overs.

Nathan was named in the ICC World ODI team of the year in 2008 and awarded Australia's ODI player of the year in 2009.

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