Gale has coaching aspirations— 17 December 2013
Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale has revealed a desire to move into coaching once his playing days are over.
There is still plenty of life left in the 30-year-old batsman, an excellent summer which yielded 1,067 runs in the LV= County Championship proves that. It was also the first time in his career he has passed the four-figure mark in a campaign.
But Gale is excited by coaching. He is heavily involved in a coaching business with former Tyke Chris Taylor and earlier this year developed an application for Itunes customers called iCrick with current team-mate Tim Bresnan. It is an application (priced at £1.99) predominantly aimed at helping club cricketers.
“We set it up last February and released it mid-summer. Basically it’s a cricket coaching app with tutorials featuring Adam Lyth doing the batting and fielding, Andrew Hodd doing the wicketkeeping, Mark Lawson doing the spin bowling and Brezzy the fast bowling,” explained Gale, currently spending his winter in Melbourne.
“They are videos between one and three minutes on the specifics such as Brezzy showing how to bowl yorkers and bouncers, Lythy playing the on-drive, off-drive, cut and pull, all these sorts of things. The voice over is done by Bumble.
“That’s one part of the app. Another is where you can record yourself and compare it to a pro. There’s also a bit where you can put your own stats in, so a club cricketer can almost create their own Cricinfo like stats page throughout the season.”
Gaining more coaching experience is also a reason why Gale has travelled to Australia this winter to spend time with the Dandenong club.
“It’s something I’m passionate about,” he continued. “It was one of the reasons why I came away to Australia, to get some more experience. At the club, I’ve been doing quite a lot of one-to-one stuff with some of the younger players in the team.
“To experience how other people go about things has also been good for me. I know how Yorkshire do things, but I want to see how different people, teams and countries go about things.
“I’m a level three coach. When I think I’m coming to the end of my playing days, I’ll think about level four.”
He has also travelled Down Under to find form and fitness ahead of next summer.
“It’s been good so far,” he admitted. “The cricket’s been really good. The pitches have been a bit indifferent, which has been quite surprising. Maybe that’s just because the weather has been a bit wet.
“I’m also hitting the gym pretty hard. I’ve got a schedule put together by Ian Fisher, which I do on top of the cricket work I’m doing here. It’s pretty hard. I going to the gym most mornings for an hour and a half, training Tuesday and Thursday nights and playing Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m getting quite a lot of stick because of the Ashes. It doesn’t matter who I speak to, whether it’s the woman in the coffee shop, someone in the gym or a team-mate, I seem to be getting sledged about the Ashes!”
In terms of form, Gale has not yet made the big score he would have wanted in the Melbourne first grade competition, but has made a handful of encouraging starts.
“After Christmas I want to be back in form. That’s my main priority,” he added. “I’ve been working on a few specifics with my game, and they’ve been going quite well. If I can up the ante with some big scores before I come back ahead of the latter stages of our pre-season, that’s the main reason why I came here.”