Key Philosophies That Underpin The Program:
The tour will challenge players in some way. For each, there was something they can take away from the tour and find improvement within themselves and their game.
When going to places like the sub-continent it is important to get some “credits in the bank” early, in terms of preparation, recovery as these types of places will wear you down. This is something all players can take away from the tour as you need to keep as mentally and physically fresh as possible, and go into the contest at the very least a 50:50 chance. You have to assume the opposition are mentally and physically right to go.
Travelling to these types of places, players also need to understand that they are different, and you can’t make them like home. The big thing to do, is to adapt. It is a matter of understanding the culture and having processes in places to deal with it. Examples such as food, climate and culture of the people are big factors, and it is commonly known that the more you fight it the more mentally worn down you become. Find a way to adapt! Find a local food you like and stick with it. Get into a routine as early as possible, and “soak in the culture”. The whole purpose of the tour was to try and stress or challenge the player, and see if their existing methods stood up, or new methods are an improvement.
The DLCA toured India, with the view of giving Youth Cricketers aged between 15 and 20 the opportunity to experience the following and develop their games:
The Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy (DLCA) runs International Tours to challenge players, which is critical to improvement. The game being the “great” teachers, DLCA Tours play a high percentage of games while on tour, playing against quality players and teams. These tours are available to any player looking to progress their cricket.. As an extension of the DLCA International Summer Program, the tour offers the players an opportunity to tour in a High Performance structure, be coached by the same Elite Coaches that coach international and First Class players at the DLCA, and have current Australian Coach Darren Lehmann’s style of play, approach using some of his KPI’s and focus points on the skills of cricket.
The uniqueness of this tour is, the DLCA play High Performance cricket against Representative Teams like County Cricket Club U/17 & Academy teams, along with schools to give players the opportunity to compete in High Performance environments, that other tours cannot access. Learning can only take place in the right environment.
The tour is a great opportunity for a player to get direction on what they need to do to improve not only while on tour, but also post tour. This tour environment is the same as when the DLCA has played both South Australia Redbacks, Victoria Bushrangers, and BBL teams the Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers.
Tours follow the same DLCA philosophies