ENGLAND cricket star Tim Ambrose was in the borough this week offering his expert advice to young players.
The Warwickshire wicket-keeper played a pivotal role in the Asda Kwik Cricket Community Day as he coached the youngsters on Monday.
The u11 youngsters from Solihull Municipal CC, Olton and WW, Wythall, and Earlswood CC, were all present at Brick Kiln Lane where the Australian-born international guided a basic training session.
"There were some pretty talented kids out there, the local coaches are clearly doing a great job," he admitted.
"They all seemed to be having fun as well which is the main part of the game."
The 25-year-old feels the popularity of the sport is going from strength to strength, and also highlighted the impact Edgbaston has on the local community.
"It helps to have such a great venue like Edgbaston on your door-step. I remember having to travel four hours to Sydney to watch a test match."
The successful day was organised by ASDA and the ECB who work as a partnership to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to children.
The Asda Kwik Cricket tournament is now a UK wide competition that involves 12,000 primary schools and 130,000 girls and boys - all in a drive to get them all healthy and active.
Reflecting back on his childhood, Ambrose said that cricket started as just a bit of fun for him.
"As a kid I loved to get dirty and waste energy playing football, but cricket was good because I could socialise with my friends all day."
He felt it was a worthwhile day and hoped that the children enjoyed their time at Solihull Municipal CC.
Ambrose also hailed former England captain Michael Vaughan who stepped down from his role after an eventful third Test at Edgbaston, which ended in defeat for the hosts.
"I wish him and his family all the best, he's been a brilliant leader and he can bow out with his head held high," Ambrose added.