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with Ollie Rayner
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Now Twenty20 cricket’s over for another year, it feels like it’s back to the daily grind and that can take a bit of adjustment.
You tend to develop different habits and sleeping patterns during a month of t20, but there’s certainly no chance of a lie-in now we’re back into County Championship cricket!
On a more serious note, it can be difficult to switch out of Twenty20 mode straight away – speaking for myself, I’ve certainly been guilty of going after the ball a bit too much in practice this week.
I have to rein myself in and get back to playing a more patient game again, but we’ve got a few guys who weren’t involved in the t20 and hopefully they can help steady the hormones, as it were.
Looking back at our performances in the tournament, I don’t think we really did ourselves credit. At the start I felt we had the personnel to do well, even if we lacked a bit of experience, and I stick by that.
Perhaps the most encouraging thing we can take from the tournament is that when the chips were down we really battled hard and showed the same spirit as when we beat Surrey in the County Championship earlier in the season.
Once we had nothing to lose, we started to play with no fear and produced a great team performance to win our penultimate game at Surrey. That’s the sort of standard we need to bring out at the start of next year’s tournament.
It’s good that we’ve given some of the youngsters a go – Ollie Wilkin came in and made a great start with wickets at Essex and runs at Surrey, and Rosso has shown a lot of promise too.
We’ve done well so far in the County Championship and, weather permitting, hopefully we can put in another solid effort at Uxbridge this week.
Our main objective this season was to show we’re at the level we deserve and a good performance against Notts would help to reinforce that.