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    Cricket Web interview with Julien Fountain

    We have secured an interview with Julien Fountain who is a fielding coach who has years of international experience having worked with various English counties and the England, Pakistan and West Indies cricket teams over the past 12 years.

    His current role is with Middlesex as their CCC Specialist Coach, following on from coaching in the Stanford 2020 competition. We have listed at the bottom of this post all his experience through the years.

    We're looking to members to suggest questions we can ask him, so fire away everyone

    Middlesex CCC Specialist Coach 2008
    Worcestershire Academy
    Specialist Coach 2008

    Stanford 2020
    Specialist Coach 2007

    West Indies
    Assistant & Specialist Coach 2007

    England T20 Squad
    Specialist Coach 2007

    England 'A'
    Specialist & Assistant Coach 2007

    ECB National Academy
    Specialist & Assistant Coach 2007

    England Under 19
    Assistant Coach & Specialist 2007

    England Under 16
    Head Coach 2007

    ECB National Skill Set
    Specialist Coach 2007

    ECB Regional Skill Set
    Specialist Coach 2007

    Worcestershire CCC
    Specialist / Assistant Coach 2007

    Northamptonshire CCC
    Specialist / Assistant Coach 2007

    Nottinghamshire CCC
    Specialist / Assistant Coach 2007

    ECB Level 4
    Module Designer & Instructor 2007

    ECB Level 3
    Module Designer & Instructor 2007

    Pakistan Cricket Team
    Assistant Coach 2006

    Pangbourne College
    Director of Cricket 2003 - 2006

    Past Experience
    West Indies Cricket Team Specialist Coach 1998 - 2001

    West Indies Cricket Board
    Coach Education Dept 1998 - 2001

    West Indies Team
    Specialist Coach, Home Series 1999

    West Indies Team
    Specialist Coach, Australia Tour 2000

    Queens Park CC, Trinidad,
    Head Coach & Professional 2000

    Pakistan Cricket Team
    Specialist Coach 2001

    Pakistan Cricket Board
    National Academy Specialist Coach 2001

    Pakistan A Team
    Assistant Coach on Sri Lanka Tour 2001

    Pakistan Cricket Board
    Regional Academy Specialist Coach 2001

    England & Wales Cricket Board
    Specialist Coach 1996 - 2007

    England & Wales Cricket Board
    Elite Player Development Dept 1996 - 2007

    England & Wales Cricket Board
    Elite Coach Education Dept 1996 - 2007

    Various First Class & Minor County Teams
    1997 - 2007

    Various First Class & Minor County Academies
    1997 - 2007

    Various Schools, Colleges, Universities & International Squads
    1996 - 2007

    Kutshers Sports Academy, New York
    Baseball Coach 1994

    Great Britan Olympic Baseball Team
    1989-1992 & 2003

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    How's it going, Julien?

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    What is the best method for a fast bowler to attempt to field in the extremely stiff period after a long spell? Should he be hidden in the field? Keep very low to look to pick up the ball? Dive around to avoid a long chase after the ball, etc...
    The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.

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    what is the big difference being the fielding coach of a cricket team and baseball team ?
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    What do you get out of being a coach? What fulfillment?



    What differences did you experience in the different countries as it relates to facilities, players, management and resources?
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    How has the role of players fitness changed throughout the history of cricket? How different is the standard from 20 years ago, or from 50 years ago?
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    Thanks for the questions so far guys - keep them coming

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    Q. Do you think that a cricketer is more likely to be successful if he has natural ability or has mental strength?

    Q. Which individual player that you have coached do you feel that you have had the most positive effect on, and what in particular do you think you have helped him with?

    Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a youngster looking to take up cricket, what would it be?

    Q. There is a lot of talk in the media about 20:20 harming players' technique, and for batsmen in particular. What are your views on this?

    Q. How do you measure your success or failure as a coach? Does team success or individual players having success give you more pride?

    Q. What do you think the key tools are that a coach has to have at his disposal in order to be successful?

    Q. What really really irritates you?

    Q. If you were given control over the Laws of Cricket, would there be anything that you would like to change and why would you change it?

    Q. What is the most tricky situation you've found yourself in as a coach?

    Q. What different problems does coaching in different countries cause - i.e. does coaching in Pakistan present different challenges to coaching in the West Indies, and if so what tangible differences are there?
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    Wow, nice work Heath!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Wow, nice work Heath!
    No probs. Just used some questions I've posed in the past

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    Q. What challenges face coaches like Geoff Lawson and Jamie Siddons who have to manage players from different backgrounds to what they're familiar with?

    Q. From working with a vast array of teams can you easily identify trends between attitude to training and results?

    Q. What impact has the development of new fielding techniques had on the game over the past twenty years?

    Q. Do you ever think the workload of a player is too much?

    Q. Who is the best fielder you have worked with?
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    Q What has been the best coaching job/experience you have had and why? It doesn't need to be results based either.

    Q Who is the best fielder you have ever seen in international cricket in terms of ability and technique? And is the best in the world right now?

    Q What made you take up coaching?

    Q Which player and team has been your biggest success story so far? For example a player and a team might be quite poor in the field, yet with hardwork they have turned it around.

    Q Who was your mentor in cricket and baseball?

    Q What was your first love - cricket or baseball? Or both? And was your family background as well.

    Q What is your interests outside of cricket? For example your favourite music, movie etc.
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    Nice work James & Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    How's it going, Julien?
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    Quote Originally Posted by James90 View Post
    Q. Who is the best fielder you have worked with?
    Similary, who is the worst?

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