May 24 2013 Latest news:
with Ollie Rayner
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I don’t think we’ve gone too far wrong in the t20 so far – unfortunately we’ve been losing certain stages of games and in this format there’s very little margin for error.
It’s been frustrating getting close and then not quite edging over the line but, even if we aren’t going to qualify for the knockout stage, it’d be nice to pick up a few wins and save face.
Form is everything in cricket and the key is to stay tight as a unit and not to get too disheartened. I’ve played in sides before that haven’t done well and quickly imploded, but there are no signs of that happening here.
If you look at the teams we play, it is a very strong group, but that’s just the way it pans out, and the fact is that we’re still going along well in two other competitions.
We’ve picked up nicely in the County Championship ever since the game at Liverpool, which I felt represented a big change in our batting, and we’ve got games in hand on the Dutch in the CB40.
Potentially this is a good platform to look at a few of the younger players, experiment a bit and see what works, then store it in the bank for next year.
Adam Rossington’s a very impressive player – he’s already shown that he can come in and bat with no fear and he was a bit unlucky in the Essex game. Everyone except the umpire heard the nick he got onto his pads!
But it’s encouraging for him to be called up and also Josh Davey, who came in against Sussex, even though the nature of the game meant he didn’t really get a chance to show what he could do.