Maynard at home with Surrey
Tom Maynard has found familiarity since he joined Surrey from Glamorgan over the winter and hopes it will breed contentment in the form of trophies.
Maynard has been playing under his school captain Rory Hamilton-Brown and believes Chris Adams’ coaching style is similar to his father’s at the Welsh county.
Maynard junior followed Matthew, who resigned as director of cricket in November, out of Glamorgan by signing a three-year contract with Surrey in January.
The 22-year-old batsman, like his dad an imposingly-built athlete with a distinctive Welsh accent, cites several similarities between Surrey cricket manager Adams and Maynard senior.
He told ecb.co.uk: “They’re both fairly laidback characters. They let you get on with it because they trust that your work ethic is there and make sure that you’re independent, which is massive for me.
“I really enjoy Chris’ style, I’ve got on with him really well and hopefully we can go far this season and make sure that that relationship continues.”
Maynard made his Glamorgan debut in 2007, aged 18, the first of four seasons at the county during which he established himself in the first team in all forms of the game.
“I’ve tried to learn as much as I can over the last couple of years,” he continued. “I’ve really taken my cricket seriously and tried to feed off more senior batters at Glamorgan and try as learn as much [as possible] off my old man.”
Although no longer working professionally with his father, Maynard is grateful that he can count on expertise from the former England batsman and assistant coach.
Allied to that, Surrey’s coaching staff boasts past internationals Alec Stewart, Ian Salisbury and Martin Bicknell. Another former England batsman, Mark Ramprakash, remains on the playing staff.
Of his dad, Maynard said: “He’s always on the other end of the phone if I’ve got anything to talk to him about and he always offers brilliant advice.
“Now to get the opportunity to work with a couple of former England players and Ramps as well to feed off there’s no better place to be.
“The guys here have made me feel real at home and I’ve got on very well with the coaching staff.”
While Ramprakash is Surrey’s oldest player at 41, they are led by a 23-year-old in Hamilton-Brown.
Such youth in a position of seniority is of little concern to Maynard, who was in the year below Hamilton-Brown at Millfield School in Somerset.
“I’ve been captained by him all the way through school and he’s fantastic tactically; he’s got a very good cricketing brain,” Maynard enthused.
“Everything I’ve seen him do has has been right to the ‘t’ and we agree on many things. I think he’s a very good captain and I’m looking forward to going through a full season with him.”
Surrey’s campaign continues with their opening Clydesdale Bank 40 games - at home to Scotland on Sunday and away to Hampshire the following day.
Maynard arrived from Glamorgan with a reputation as a limited-overs specialist, partly from two impressive innings against the Lions last year.
If the powerful right-hander’s 64 from 59 balls in the CB40 at the SWALEC Stadium served warning of his threat, 78 from 43 deliveries in the Friends Provident t20 at the Oval confirmed his talent.
However, he has already begun to shed the one-trick pony tag with a maiden first-class century against his former side, followed by 98 against Middlesex yesterday.
Those LV= County Championship runs came from number six but Maynard is willing to bat wherever Surrey want him in the CB40.
Asked for his preference, he said: “Anywhere from three downwards. I’m happy to bat in the top five or six. That’s where I specialise and where I’m most comfortable. But if Chris says ‘you bat up top’, I’ll bat up top.
“I’m not fussed by it; I’m just looking forward to getting some runs and helping Surrey win some silverware.”