Kevin Shine is eager to start work with the battery of fast bowlers at his disposal at Nottinghamshire, after joining the Club as Assistant Coach.

Having spent the past 14 years ensuring there was a conveyor belt full of bowlers ready for the rigours of international cricket, the 50-year-old is relishing the chance to work with a smaller group of players.

“You’ve got Jake Ball, who has played for England before and is hugely talented, so it’s a massive opportunity to come and work with him,” said Shine.

Zak Chappell has been on the Pace Programme and then had a really good England Lions tour to India, but he’s a young fast bowler and we know the problems that those players can have.

“You’ve got to get them to a point where their bodies are robust enough to put up with county cricket, which is an unbelievably tough thing to do but certainly achievable.

“I’ve spent a bit of time with Jack Blatherwick on U19s and something that stuck with me is that he can bowl a serious ball.

“He’s a young bowler who is still discovering his way and to have the chance to work with him is really exciting.”

The fast-bowling arsenal at the Club is completed by two of the longest standing members of the 'cartel', Stuart Broad and Luke Fletcher.

And Shine is encouraged by the example set by both county stalwarts.

“I’ve worked with Stuart a lot and he’s lovely to have around,” said Shine.

“He’s an example to everyone, when he plays for England and when he comes back and represents Nottinghamshire.

“The reality is that he keeps moving forward - just look at what he did in the Ashes this year.

“You know when he stands at the top of his mark and he has to do the business, he is going to do it.

“Luke Fletcher; I’ve seen him develop into a fabulous professional - he’s the go-to bowler.

“He bowls his overs and has really good stats but I think he’s still got some improving that he’ll want to do.

“If I can just be his sounding board to help him in the areas he wants to get better in then that will be great.

“It’s a lovely balance of bowlers.”

Shine’s knowledge of the Club goes beyond just the fast bowling unit , having worked closely with each member of the Notts coaching staff during his time in the game.

Having taken up the role of Somerset Head Coach at the age of just 29, Shine gave high praise for Nottinghamshire Head Coach Peter Moores for the time he gave him when making his way in the coaching world.

“When I first took the Somerset Head Coach role, I went out and asked for an hour of time from everyone on the coaching circuit,” said Shine.

“Pete gave up his time to sit and give me his wisdom, which is great as I was a coach who was competing against him.

“He has always had time for me, and when he came in as England coach his communication was great and he was always so open with me.

“He has a huge amount of energy and passion for coaching which is built towards performance and making sure the right people are where they need to be.

“When the opportunity to work with him again came up it was a complete no-brainer for me.”


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