Following his career as a one-day specialist, Australian cricket legend, Nathan Bracken, is now the most sought-after relief teacher across NSW.
Bracken, 39, who played 116 One Day Internationals for Australia, including two World Cups, says he slotted straight into relief teaching with ease.
“The one-day contracts suit me perfectly — it feels like I’ve got a shiny white ball in my hand when I pick up that whiteboard marker,” Bracken said.
“I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle over the longer format — but give me a couple of classes here and there, and I’ll do the job.”
The NSW Department of Education have been flocked with requests from schools desiring Bracken’s skills.
The Board’s chairman, Mr Heathfield, was always a strong fan of Bracken’s left arm medium nibblers and has helped him translate his cricketing attributes into the field of education.
“While he’s not much chop over five-day weeks — in my opinion, he’s the best in the state when it comes to one-day relief,” Heathfield said.
“He’s consistent, economical — his brilliant changes of pace challenge the kids — he’s also good around the ground.
“We get calls from all parts of the state asking if Bracken is available for a single day’s relief.”
Bracken says the requests are very flattering, and that it’s a nice change to be coming in at the top of the order.
“I’m excited to see where the new career will take me.”
Cricket Australia are currently proposing a new pathway program for ODI and T20 players who are no good at test cricket, to help move players into the field of relief teaching following their cricket career.
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