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Darren Lehmann seems fond of his caricature as a coach who believes there are few problems in a cricket team that cant be solved over a pint or three. Patrick Corbin Jersey . Asked recently whether one reason for Australias poor Test performances is the absence of a full-time specialist spin coach - John Davison, a spin coach who appears to have a beneficial impact on Nathan Lyon, rarely tours - Lehmann guffawed: So you want another staff member on tour?Lehmanns curt response was a window into an issue of growing tension in the sport: whether international teams, long mocked for being behemoths in which the players are outnumbered many times over by the support staff, actually suffer from having too few specialist coaches. Just as Australia have been criticised for their lack of a permanent spin coach, so England have been attacked for not having a spin bowling or wicketkeeping coach who always travels with the team; indeed, they now no longer have a full-time fielding coach either. Throughout international cricket, it remains the norm for teams to recruit consultant spin and wicketkeeping coaches intermittently; actual full-time specialist coaches in these two areas remain extremely rare.Bill Gerrard has worked in professional sport, both in analytics and in coaching, across baseball (for Oakland Athletics), rugby (for Saracens) and now football (for AZ Alkmaar). In these sports, Gerrard observes a salient contrast with cricket. I had assumed that cricket would have been more advanced in using specialist coaches. There is massive scope for specialisation.As in most areas off the field, American sports have traditionally led the way in using coaching specialists. It is difficult to put a time on how far behind cricket is, since coaching specialisation goes back a long way in both baseball and the NFL. Cricket seems to be only slowly catching up, Gerrard reflects. Even at Saracens, a leading rugby union club in England, but one with far fewer resources than Full Member cricket teams, Gerrard was struck by how specific each coachs role was. Each coach had a specialist area of responsibility - attack, defence, kicking, scrum and line-out, he says. Never mind specialist wicketkeeping and spin bowling coaches, crickets equivalent would be more like a range of batting coaches for different needs - say, attacking spin, defending against spin, attacking pace and defending against pace.That would surely be going too far, and Lehmann clearly has a point when he argues against bloating the backroom staff for its own sake. Yet that cannot obscure the curious truth that while cricket is richer than ever, its financial and professional stakes so high that teams take nutritionists and even chefs on tour, many countries still do not bother with full-time specialist coaches for two of its most important skills. It is certainly not as if the wealthiest Test nations cannot afford specialists; the resistance, as Lehmann implies, is all cultural.One only needs to listen to Lyon eulogise about the importance of Davison, or Adil Rashid praise Saqlain Mushtaqs role in his palpable improvement in India, for evidence of how the best specialist coaches can improve performance. Neglecting to bother with permanent specialists amounts to a bizarre acceptance that keeping and spin bowling are somehow of secondary importance compared to other skills in cricket: third-class citizens, as Graeme Swann has lamented.We should have full-time spin coaches, not just for the main team but on the county circuit as well, Saqlain said last week. It is not just to look after the spinners but it is to help the batsmen as to how the spinners think as well. His view is hardly surprising, given that he wants to become Englands first genuinely full-time spin bowling coach. (Mushtaq Ahmed, who coached spin from 2008 to 2014, did not always travel with the team.) But the fact that Saqlain departed Englands tour of India after the third Test, when he had clearly aided their bowling of spin, seemed to touch the confines of lunacy. Andrew Strauss, Englands director of cricket, will soon review the coaching support for spinners, but is said to be unconvinced that a full-time coach is needed.Cricket has made huge strides in embracing specialist backroom staff. Witness how only one out of 14 countries had a specialist fielding coach in the 2003 World Cup, but all 14 did by last years tournament, and Englands extensive use of specialists at Loughborough and on England Lions tours. Yet in international cricket teams, a certain lingering resistance to specialism remains.Prospects for greater specialisation apply not only to roles within a cricket team, but also between the different formats. As more players specialise, Gerrard asks, Why not have coaches specialising as well?Trials with specialist coaches for white-ball cricket have so far been mixed, with the overriding impression from the job-share between Andy Flower and Ashley Giles with England in 2013-14 being that the notion was a necessary evil, at best. Yet, as teams become more distinct in red- and white-ball cricket, a system of separate coaches will become easier to manage. In time, specialist coaches not just for different formats, but for different disciplines within the formats, could become increasingly common. There is almost no crossover between what batting and bowling coaches need to hone before a Test match and a T20.And, given the saturated international schedule, specialist coaches will bring a clear benefit, making it easier for national boards to tie down the best coaches for longer, in the knowledge they will not have to surrender a palatable work-life balance to coach at international level. This could make coaching at international level a little more attractive relative to coaching T20 franchises, increasingly the favoured option for many leading ex-players. Naturally, greater specialism will bring new challenges. Head coaches will need to adapt to a changing environment: more specialist coaches could mean that head coaches become a little less hands-on and adopt more of an overseeing role. Other sports suggest that this can be done without undermining the head coachs authority, but the scope for disagreement between coaches is certainly exacerbated if there are more of them around.And the risk of simply overwhelming a player with a surplus of information and advice, some of it contradictory, will increase. Recall the Suns list of 61 guilty men - including 29 non-players - involved in Englands disastrous Ashes tour in 2013-14. Trent Woodhill, a leading T20 coach, warns that a bad appointment as a full-time spin coach could relegate spinners to being fourth-class citizens.But these dangers are no reason to ignore how cricket teams can benefit from moving towards the levels of coaching specialisation that are the norm in other sports. During a tour, such coaches might rarely actually coach in the classical sense of working on a players technique. Any technical change you make for a player is unlikely to hold up under pressure unless groomed for a minimum of six months, says Woodhill. Specialists are most valuable when theyre providing support and guidance around decision-making and game awareness. You can provide different training options, as a specialist, that can enhance and repeat good performance. Normally, then, the greatest value of a specialist coach on tour is simply in deep understanding of their craft, and being a voice to talk through tactics or methods, just as Saqlain has been for Rashid in India.Batsmen and fast bowlers do not have to deal with such relationships being curtailed by their coach flying home midway through a tour. While cricket teams ruthlessly seek how to find any competitive advantage, it is perverse that wicketkeepers and spin bowlers still face being estranged from the coaches who can help them the most. Randy Johnson Jersey .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Yasmany Tomas Jersey . -- Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover. http://www.diamondbacksteamproshop.com/diamondbacks-zack-greinke-jersey/ . 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I had given up on the idea of running after surgeries on the right side of my body left me too afraid to relearn how to run.These reveries left me waiting for a special talent, which I assumed all disabled kids had, to make up for their disability.Im a terrible singer, so I figured Id find a hidden gift in a sport we played in physical education class.I never did, and I yearn for representation of people of color with disabilities in sports. So until the work that disabled black women do is recognized, I will continue to champion and celebrate the able-bodied black women.I cried when I learned that Misty Copeland would be American Ballets first black female principal dancer. My weeping was not because I had dreams of being a ballet dancer -- although I would twirl from the kitchen table to the fridge in my socks, convinced I could pirouette with the best of ballerinas.I was emotional because ballet, at its core, is both raw and feminine, two things that black women are often not allowed to be.Then come gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez. Not only did they help secure a team gold medal, but Biles is the new Olympic all-around champion and is leaving Rio with five medals.At 24, Im older than they are, but I feel a sense of pride when I see them swinging on uneven bars or sticking dismounts on vaults.I hold my breath with them as they await their scores and cheer when I feel they received the ones they deserved.The Olympics are the ultimate dream.Our bodies are in no way identical, and we are on opposite ends of the spectrum.Though Ive been told that the way my smile spreads across my face during moments of triumph is similar to Gabbys and Simones happy grins. Taijuan Walker Jersey. They all have dealt with?criticism, from some people saying Gabby isnt patriotic, to a dance instructor telling a 13-year-old Copeland she was too old to be a ballerina.I havent had the same amount of vitriol thrown at me, but I was told by a teacher in high school that I would never make it as a successful journalist. Ive had my writing abilities questioned and racist comments sent to me frequently online. Like them, I feel I have persevered.?For Lena Dunham and Jenni Konners Lenny Letter, I wrote about one of my biggest triumphs so far, putting my hair up into a ponytail, unassisted. 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