New Delhi: India's new bowling coach has worked as a plainclothes policeman for more than eight years. He has dealt with armed robberies, child abuse, and been part of special undercover drug squads. He is better known in cricketing circles as Wallops or Walloper, a term of endearment for a policeman in Australia.
Joe Dawes, a 41-year-old Queenslander, joined the force well before he had taken a wicket for his state, handling situations far more important than getting bowlers to bowl lengths that suit their style of bowling. He was a policeman by 21, a first-class cricketer only after 27, and both for about four years.
"Armed robberies. Drugs squad. Child abuse. Worked in a lot of areas where we were able to sort of help a lot of people, and it was a good job," Dawes says. "Very rewarding. I enjoyed it. You learn a lot about life. You learn how to communicate with people, and deal with the good and bad of society. It was a great life experience, I suppose."