Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Krezja's Spin Cycle Finished; Change of Focus for Former International

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Krezja's Spin Cycle Finished; Change of Focus for Former International

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Byline: sport editor sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

JASON Krezja was a victim of the post-Shane Warne spin bowling washing machine of Australian Test cricket.

Along with the likes of Dan Cullen, Beau Casson, Bryce McGain, Michael Beer and others, Krezja was part of a succession of hopefuls teased with a taste of cricket's Holy Grail only to be tossed into the baggy green rag basket.

Despite taking 12 wickets on debut - albeit in the paradisiacal spin conditions of the sub-continent - the son of a Czechoslovakian football-playing father and Polish mother only earned two Test caps for his country of birth.

The battle-weary 31-year-old retired from professional cricket at the start of the 2014/15 season, having played 44 first-class matches, most of those with his adopted state of Tasmania.

Once again based in Sydney and playing for Mosman, Krezja is excited about his new coaching business, Elite Cricket.

There's a relieved, anticipatory tone as he describes his new purpose of developing young cricketers against the decade-long backdrop of the rigours of playing professional cricket.

"I'm loving it," Krezja says. "I bought a coaching business based on the North Shore and get to hang out with kids all the time, which is fun."

Krezja was in Grafton as part of the Destination NSW Home Ground Cricket Tour, visiting 27 towns across the state promoting the sport ahead of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup being hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.

His natural affinity with kids was evident as he lined up with Grafton High School students to test his bowling wares against the speed gun.

The boys stand not in awe but instead comfortable in the aura of an individual capable of striking an instant connection and relating to people.

He seems like the kind of bloke you want playing on your team. But it hasn't always been that way for Krezja. Even as he prepares for his post-playing days, he admits with resignation he isn't "officially" retired from the lucrative Twenty20 format. …

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