Law is high-performance coach

FORMER Queensland Bulls captain Stuart Law is regarded by many as being the unluckiest of them all when it comes to playing Test cricket for Australia.

The right-handed batsman scored 54 not out on his Test debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA in 1995-96 when he replaced the injured Steve Waugh.

Waugh was fit for the next Test and Law was dropped, never to be seen playing Test cricket again.

That solitary innings gave Law, who led Queensland to four Sheffield Shield titles, a unique place in cricket history as the only man to make a Test half-century but not have an average (because he was never dismissed).

While he was unlucky not to wear his baggy green again, there is no selection issues about the new role Law, Queensland's all-time leading run scorer in first class history, has been given to play by Cricket Australia.

Law has just started work as the high-performance coach based at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in his home city of Brisbane and the now 43-year-old said he was thrilled to be home having spent the past three years on the subcontinent coaching firstly Sri Lanka and then Bangladesh.

"I've spent a long time away (eight years - which included playing county cricket in England) and I've enjoyed my time, it served a purpose going away," Law, who played 54 one-day internationals, said.

Law, one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1998, said his role would stretch across the entire network of Cricket Australia teams.

"Immediately I'm working with the under-19s, taking them to the World Cup in August and straight after that I'm off to Sri Lanka with the women (Southern Stars) to assist Cathryn Fitzpatrick, who's their coach, for the Twenty20 World Cup," Law said.

"I may not work with the number one team until our summer out here, but having a hand in what goes on with Australian cricket at close quarters is an opportunity I couldn't say no to."

Law said his experience of coaching on the subcontinent was one he was keen to pass on.

"A lot of players suffer going to the subcontinent and generally it's not a cricket thing, it's a mental thing," he said. "It's a tough tour. If you're there for a long period of time it's very tough to get used to the culture, the way things are done.

"To have an understanding of that having lived there, knowing the culture inside and out, hopefully I can pass that information on to the players and it'll free their minds up to play good cricket."



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