You don't create players, players create themselves - Dean Headley - Cricket World TV

Former England, Kent and Middlesex fast bowler Dean Headley now coaches at Stamford School and gave us some fascinating insight into coaching young players and how he approaches it.

Talking to us while playing for the PCA England Masters against a Pakistani International XI at Lord's, he began by talking about what he thinks school cricket is all about.

"You coach a wide variety of abilities and that's what school cricket is about, not just the best players," he began.

"Those that go on and might play first-class cricket like Zach Chappell who has just started playing for Leicestershire, all you are doing with them is giving them encouragement, a little bit of advice and guidance.

"Then it's up to them really. You don't create players, players create themselves."

The job of the coach is, for Headley, one of nurturing talent and hugely important for him is passing on the importance of game management, but particularly dealing with failure.

"I think somewhere along the line people try and make this game a game of perfection and I think this game is a game of management.

"The best players manage failure in the game.

"Too many coaches try and coach kids that if they mishit one ball then it's a bad thing. You do mishit balls. Joe Root gets a hundred for England and he doesn't nail every ball."

Headley, who played 15 Tests and 13 One-Day Internationals for England, also says that the mental side of the game is becoming more and more important, and that it is being focussed on at an early age.

"I think the game is mental, it's more a mindset that you've got to coach kids now, teaching them about where to take good options.

"It's not just about playing a shot. Great, if you've got a cover drive but if the captain blocks off cover then you've got to play another shot.

"I think that's what it is, it's playing the game as opposed to just playing technically."

Headley took 670 wickets during his representative career between 1991 and 1999, when injury forced him to retire prematurely.

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