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After a disappointing Friends Provident t20 campaign, it is important we pick ourselves up for Wednesday's LV= County Championship game against Glamorgan at Swansea.
We are currently fifth in Division 2 but within striking distance of the sides at the top. It's a really tight division and a win would put us right up there.
It is hard to put my finger on what went wrong with our Twenty20 cricket this year. We beat all the top-four sides but did not win one single match at home and ended up seventh in the North Group. We were also the only side to win at Trent Bridge. Talk about inconsistent.
What was frustrating was not being able to get more than one discipline right. If we posted a good score, we would then bowl poorly. If we bowled the opposition out, we would then bat badly.
As for our fielding, that was pretty average all the way through. What makes it all the more disappointing is that we are a young side and should be sharp in the field.
You expect young sides to be inconsistent but we can't just blame that. We have a handful of experienced players too but we just could not string complete performances together.
From a personal point of view, I was pleased with my performances which needed to improve on last year.
I scored 407 runs, averaged 37 and had a strike rate of 136. My strike rate in 2009 was around 98 which wasn't good enough.
I worked hard on my game and it made such a difference knowing what my best scoring options were and sticking to that plan. I found using the depth of my crease worked and then making sure I was in the right position to hit square of the wicket, which is one of my strengths.
I prefer there to be pace on the ball so quite often my cue to attack would be when a quick bowler comes on.
When we played Yorkshire I decided to go after Tino Best and in those games scored 60 and 62 - the second of those came from just 28 balls.
Tino wasn't best pleased with that and gave me a bit of abuse. He said I was the worst player he had ever played against, which I thought was quite funny. I don't mind getting stick when you are in the middle and quite often it gets me going.