As it happens thoughts on the press conference Somerset are holding to open media day at the CACG from Steve Tancock.
Andrew Cornish referring yet again to the preparation and squad’s fitness levels compared to the (unnamed) other counties in Abu Dhabi. On that basis it narrows it down to Essex, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. No real surprise given Andy Hurry’s background and ethos but good to hear.
Hurry says we are in a much better place to make an “informed selection” ahead of Friday’s opener and compared this to the 2 days of middle practice we had had at the same time last week.
Listening to this I suspect next season will see a combination of the marquee and the UAE.
Competition for places discussed, Hurry saying that he relishes the selection and management issues that the strength in depth of the squad provides. Believes that this competition for places will drive perfromance.
Asked about Friday Tom Abell recognises that it is important to make a good start if this is going to be a season we challenge for silverware. Asked about the top order and specifically James Hildreth Andy Hurry was coy but interestingly mentioned the England issues. Seems to hint that Hildy will bat at 3 and that he is motivated to make this a tilt at an England spot.
Focus is clearly on bowling sides out twice being the key. Asked about fitness Hurry said that only Jamie Overton, with an ankle impingement, is unavailable for Friday.
Lewis Gregory emphasised that T20 approach will be the same and wanted to continue environment which gives players freedom to express themselves. “It went pretty swimmingly yesterday.”