The Marylebone Cricket Club ran cricket from
Lord’s until devolving most of its power to the International Cricket Council in
1993 and is still the most desired club tie in the cricket world, so Tasmanian Keith Bradshaw, the new
Secretary and Chief Executive of the MCC, can consider himself at the top of
his field.

He joins a long list of Australians in
powerful positions in cricket around the world. Malcolm Speed, of course, was
the CEO of the Australian Cricket Board before shifting to Dubai to take the
same role at the ICC.

But it is in coaching that Australians are
dominating world cricket. Another Tasmanian, Troy Cooley, was the bowling coach
who famously honed the English attack which gave the Australians so much
trouble during the Ashes last year. Dennis Lillee is the founding Director of
the Pace Foundation in Chennai, which develops fast-bowling skill in India and
around the world, and Rod Marsh left the Australian Cricket Academy to
join the English equivalent.

Australians coach five of the nine national
men’s Test teams: Greg Chappell in India,
Bennett King in the West Indies, Tom Moody here with Sri Lanka,
Dav Whatmore in Bangladesh and of course John Buchanan at home.

In fact, only Australia,
England and New
Zealand are coached
by their own nationals, which raises a question. If, in some distant future,
Australian cricket found itself without a pool of local talent to draw upon,
would we be as happy as other nations to hire a foreign coach? Say, Ian Botham
or Richard Hadlee?