Ex-Special Forces soldier offers 'boot camp' services to Oz players ahead of July Ashes

Sydney, Mar 14 (ANI): A former soldier who was involved in the controversial boot camp of former Australian coach John Buchanan has offered his services to help the Australian team restore their morale and recapture their killer edge ahead of the Mohali Test.

Former British SAS instructor and a security consultant David Apps is set to start negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA) for holding a two-day leadership and training boot camp for the Australian players in the UK before the Ashes series, News.com.au reports.

Apps, who had received an encouraging response from senior CA officials for his boot camp proposal, said that such a camp could help rebuild the Australian team's culture which is in a shock after the sacking of four players from the Mohali Test.

According to Apps, these camps are run by ex-Special Forces personnel who have the ability to know how to get the best out of players in often challenging and grueling conditions, in activities which include physically demanding activities to speed up the fatigue process.

Apps added that after that, the players are given challenges and tasks in which one needs to make quick, precise and clear decisions in order to achieve the team objective.

The former Special Forces soldier further said that it is useful to have players to make quick and accurate decisions out of their comfort areas while they are tired and under pressure, adding that the boot camp instructors add their value in the decision-making processes and way of thinking in order to assist the players.

In 2006 under former coach Buchanan, Australia's elite players were taken out of their comfort zone and deprived of food, sleep and water in the camp which was designed to foster teamwork, the report added. (ANI)


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