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Back proving to be a pain

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With the Friends Life t20 starting again tonight, you can imagine the feeling in the camp is one of excitement and we are very much looking forward to it.

Sadly my back is still causing me problems. I played in a couple of games earlier in the season and I think the intensity of the match we played down at Canterbury - we had a very poor batting display and then had to field for three days in a row and the best part of 170 overs - was too much at the time.

I have had to sit down again with the trainers at the club and there are plans to go see a specialist again. With backs its very hard to tell. I'm trying to remain as positive as possible and be as optimistic as possible.

It's disappointing. We went to Hyderabad at the end of last season off the back of our success at finals day and if you had asked me then if I wasn't going to be playing in the T20, then I wouldn't have taken that too well.

Injuries are obviously a part of sport. I think the timing is particularly upsetting with a view to how last season went.

It's going to be hard going into any tournament. I think every team will now know what Leicestershire are capable of and know the firepower we have in the team with Abdul Razzaq coming down the order and Ramnaresh Sarwan as our second overseas player.

The proof is there, Leicestershire have won the T20 three times now and no other county has won it more than once.

We are definitely a force to be reckoned with in this format. It showed last year that, even though our cricket wasn't going well in the LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40, T20 was a very different game to the other formats.


It showed last year that even though our cricket wasn't going well in the LV=CC and CB40, T20 was a very different game

It is a game for individuals who can put up their hands. We believe in our team that we have match-winners from one to 11. The new players coming in have a very important role to play and they are backed 100%.

I think the new format is a really good idea because 16 matches was too many last season. I think the Professional Cricketers Association took a number of questionnaires and with 16 matches, it was a really long slog.

The crowds definitely reduced as a consequence, but we didn't have a problem last year because we kept on winning. It's a very long tournament for teams who are out of it with 10 games to go. If the crowds are not coming in, the schedule had to be looked at.

This year hopefully the weather will turn in the next week or so and we will have a lot of people excited to watch T20 cricket live.

I think Notts blow a bit hot and cold. I had three years at Nottinghamshire and we had some powerful players at the time with the likes of Stephen Fleming, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel and David Hussey.

I don't think there is anything to fear though because they have a very powerful batting line up, but I think last year proves that form, either good or poor, coming into the new competition doesn't count for all that much. If anything, it makes us more dangerous.

They will know that Leicestershire bare their teeth, especially at home. They will know they have got a tough ask to come and win at Grace Road.

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