Bicknell spent almost two hours in late May with pupils in Edge Grove’s cricket academy sharing tips and advice on technique as well as taking part in an in-depth Q&A session which saw the children questioning him on his strike and economy rate, number of wickets and highest scores.
Bicknell also took part in three bowling classes where he shared further advice on the best ‘release point’ and ‘wrist position’. All of the pupils were then given the opportunity to bowl one ball at him in the nets during what was an exciting couple of hours for the children.
Ben Evans, headmaster at Edge Grove, commented: “It’s great to see the children so inspired and animated by events like this. We regularly arrange special visits from inspirational people like Martin because we believe this kind of exposure really boosts their learning and engagement.”
The pupils also learned that Bicknell holds the world record for the longest gap between test matches, having played in 1993 but not playing again for England until 2003. Bicknell said: “I just kept trying and I never gave up, then eventually good form got me selected again and I played against South Africa.”
Bicknell also confirmed his favourite wicket was the recently retired former South African Captain, Graeme Smith.