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Tucked away in a quiet corner of Essex, about half an hour from Chelmsford, is the Illford Cricket School, a nursery with a rich tradition. Located in an inconspicuous corner behind the Harvesters Pub at Gants Hill, its a coaching centre thats produced five international cricketers - Graham Gooch, John Lever, James Foster, Nasser Hussain and Ravi Bopara - and close to 40 whove gone on to play the game at the first-class level.In charge of the school is Joe (Jawad) Hussain, Nassers father, who welcomes you in an accent thats a delightful mix of Chennai and Illford. Ill tell you what the problem is, he says with a crisp Tamil tongue before quickly changing tack, this place is almost hidden innit? Joe was born in Madras (not Chennai but Madras, he insists) and managed a solitary Ranji Trophy game for Tamil Nadu. Sardesai passed away man, he says thoughtfully. What a batsman. Ill never forget the hundred he made for Mafatlal against my club, MCC.Joe loves to talk. Mention Asian cricketers and his eyes twinkle with excitement. Just wait for five years and half the English team will be players of Asian origin, he states emphatically. Theres so much talent you know but the problem with Asian cricketers is that theyre very talented but not able to take their game to the next level. Cricketers like Owais Shah, Kabir Ali and Vikram Solanki should have made it long back. Take a chap like Collingwood, compare him to Owais Shah - Shah is way more talented, miles ahead but Collingwood through sheer hard work has made it. So many Asian boys get country contracts for one-two years and then disappear. Something happens.He provides a classic example of an Asian cricketer who got a chance to make his debut against Australia a few years ago. You should have seen the way he came for the match. In a big car with four chamchas and was speaking on two mobile phones. He was acting as if hes the worlds best player. The Aussies saw that and sledged the hell out of him. He was finished. You need education, man. Most Asian cricketers who have done well here have had a good mix of cricket and education. Otherwise you think youre better than you actually are. You need grounding.Joe came to England first in 1963 and admits the first 15 years were spent in dilemma, with regard to which team to support. Initially it was always India, even when they were playing England, but things gradually began to change. In fact it was only when he found himself supporting England that he realised he was being accepted by his adopted country. It takes time to feel part of another country and nowadays its always England. When India are playing someone else, though, its always India.Joe can relate to men of his generation having the dilemma but cant understand how some members of the younger generation feel similarly. You go through the junior levels - Under-11, U-15, U-19 etc and move towards playing for England … still you support your country of origin. I find it strange. Why do you want to play for England then?And one question I ask all these kids: has anyone with origins in India and Pakistan gone there and played for that country? No. They wont even consider the thought. The problem is not with the children, its with the parents and grandparents - they dont want their children to mingle outside their community, they dont want them to speak in English. They want to be as Indian as they can. This country can give so much only … you need to give something to it as well. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies bolted out of the starting gate and never looked back.The Warriors werent exactly gaining on them anyway.Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 19 points each and Memphis rolled over Golden State 110-89 for its sixth straight win.We couldnt have played much worse, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, and I thought (the Grizzlies) were great. They came out, took it to us.The Grizzlies led by as many as 30 points in the second half -- the biggest advantage by any Warriors opponent this season. Seven Memphis players finished in double figures, including Zach Randolph and JaMychal Green with 14 points each.We stayed poised, we stayed in control, we stayed aggressive, Gasol said. We played to win. We didnt play not to lose.Kevin Durant led Golden State with 21 points, while Stephen Curry added 17 points and Ian Clark finished with 10 points. Curry and backcourt starter Klay Thompson (eight points) were a combined 8 of 28 from the field, including 3 of 14 outside the arc.Memphis had a double-digit lead early, led 61-38 at halftime and kept building in the third quarter.Golden State ended a four-game winning streak. The Warriors had won 16 of 17, the lone loss in the stretch coming 132-127 in double overtime to Houston on Dec. 1Kerr benched his starters with 10 minutes left and Memphis leading 93-65.It was just one of those rare nights for Golden State, which entered with the leagues best record at 20-3. The Warriors had a season low in points, a season high in turnovers (23) and were close to their season low in shooting percentage (44.2 percent).Golden States 38 first-half points were its fewest in any half this season.We werent on the same page. We were trying to force too many things, Thompson said, adding that (the Grizzlies) definitely took us out of our rhythm early, and we let that affect us on the offensive end and the defensive end.The lead ballooned to 68-38 when Memphis scored the first seven points of the second half, and the Grizzlies held an 87-65 lead after three quarters.ddddddddddddIt was one of those nights, Durant said.TIP-INSWarriors: C Zaza Pachulia was a late scratch with a right wrist contusion. Anderson Varejao started his first game of the season (and first with Golden State)... Damian Jones made his NBA debut in the fourth. Jones was selected with the 30th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in last summers draft. ... Currys 3-pointer in the third quarter tied him with Steve Nash for 17th career in 3-point field goals.Grizzlies: Gasol made a 3-pointer in the third quarter. The 7-foot-1 center has now made a shot from outside the arc in eight of the last nine games. ... JaMychal Green (14 points, 10 rebounds) recorded his fifth consecutive double-double. .Memphis trailed for only 31 seconds in the game, 3-2.CELEBRATING IANClark had his high school number retired Friday night at Germantown High in a Memphis suburb. Clark, who attended college at Belmont, is the only former Germantown player to make the NBA. Several teammates, including Durant, Draymond Green and Curry, attended the ceremonies.TOO MUCH WARRIOR LOVEGasol has grumbled this year when opposing fans have packed into FedExForum and subtly mentioned it Saturday night.We did a good job of keeping their crowd out of the game for the most part, he said. I think our crowd won. We didnt let their fans get too excited throughout the game.UP NEXTWarriors: Continue a five-game trip at Minnesota on Sunday. The five-game swing matches the longest stretch away from home for Golden State this season.Griz

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