New South Wales set to continue its legacy

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The state of New South Wales is the unofficial nursery of Australian cricket, much like the way Mumbai was for India.

Updated: February 02, 2008 09:58 IST
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Victor Trumper, Don Bradman, Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh and Brett Lee. What do all these great cricketers have in common?

They're all from the state of New South Wales, the unofficial nursery of Australian cricket, much like the way Mumbai was for India.

Something that gives Cricket New South Wales (CNSW) CEO and former Australia fast bowler Dave Gilbert and his colleague Dr Harinath great pride.

"It's a heritage we're very proud of, the blue cap of NSW is almost up there with the green cap. The selection panel recognises that we have a lot of great talent, if Stuart Macgill was fit we'd have five in the current Australian 11," said Dave Gilbert, CEO, Cricket New South Wales.

The reason for one particular state being so prolific the duo say is because the state identifies talent very early.

"We place lot of importance in school cricket under 10-11 before they come to play grade cricket, the club cricket in Sydney is very strong as well as the junior cricket is very well organized. That's the secret of why CNSW produces so many greats" said Dr Harry Harinath, Director, Cricket New South Wales.

It is no coincidence that New South Wales produces so many legendary cricketers with a thought out system that goes all the way up to the grassroots.

New South Wales usually has at least five-five members in the national side and this legacy looks certain to continue.

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