About Alex Reese
Cricket has always been a passion for me; whether it be playing the game, watching it, or coaching it. From a playing point of view, I am a legspin bowler and a right handed batsman. I have been bowling legspin for as long as I can remember. It's an art to cricket that really intrigues me and is something that brings true excitement to the game.
Over the years, I have been lucky enough to play cricket in Australia, England, Oman, Sharjah, and India, and of course here, in New Zealand. I went to school at Medbury Preparatory School, and Christ's College, both located in Christchurch. I was fortunate to play for 4 years in the Christ's College 1st XI before moving on to play for Burnside West CHCH University Cricket Club. Highlights at High School were getting selected in the Canterbury U17 team, which won the National Title in 2008, and gaining selection for the Willows U17 Secondary Schools team which toured India, and the Emirates.
In 2010 my cricket took me to the UK where I played a season in the Kent Premier League for St Lawrence and Highland Court. The season with them taught me so much about the game, and was the highest standard of cricket I have played to date. Following my stint in the UK, I travelled to India, where I spent 3 months at the Global Cricket School, based in Mumbai. Here, I was exposed to cricket in a different environment and culture, and was taught how to train and play 'The Indian Way!" It was here where my passion for coaching the game really grew. I was lucky to work with the head coach at the Academy, Umesh Patwal, whose knowledge and outlook on the game inspired me to further myself down the coaching path. While in India I spent one month in Poona assisting with the training of both the Irish and the Netherlands teams, in preparation for the 2011 World Cup.
Just recently I have returned from a trip to India, where I coached at the Global Cricket School, assisting in camps with the Australian Emerging Players and the England Woman's Fast Bowling Camp. As well as this, I visited many smaller academies around Mumbai, assisting in the coaching, and also working with the head coaches in developing a more structured programme for the players.