Loving life in Nottingham
Posted in Domestic Cricket
I've had a month or so with my new Nottinghamshire team-mates and already I feel really settled.
It was like starting at a new school but it helped that I knew Alex Hales, Harry Gurney and Luke Fletcher, plus I've worked with Mick Newell as well.
We have a nice bunch of lads here, the coaches are great and the ground is awesome. There is everything you could want to improve as a player. The staff around the ground have been really welcoming too.
It's exactly what I expected and a bit more really. I'm loving it.
It's not just the county that I have changed as I moved over the winter. I wanted to be nearer the ground and have a place on the River Trent, right next to Trent Bridge. I could walk - it's only five minutes - but I've driven everytime. I wanted to get to know the area too.
It's nice living on my own. I'm used to it from all the tours I've done. My cooking is pretty average though. I mostly eat out when I can't be bothered to cook.
Pre-season went well. We went to Barbados, which was the perfect opportunity for me to get to know the lads. I also got to top up the tan - probably more than I'd expected to as I pulled a hamstring on the fourth day.
That wasn't ideal as I didn't play any cricket until I got home.
When we got back we had a lot of outdoor nets at Trent Bridge which was a good chance to get used to the wicket.
We then played Loughborough MCCU last weekend which was an interesting start for me. I got a first-baller in the first innings then an unbeaten hundred in the second innings. It was great to spend some time at the crease.
We start our season with Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.
Nottinghamshire have a good history of getting off to a good start. Last year we won three on the trot and in 2010 we won the first four matches. Hopefully we can have a similar start and get the ball rolling in the championship.
I'm not going to set myself too many goals. I just want to score as many runs as I can and help Nottinghamshire wins as many games as possible. I need to put us in winning positions and get bonus points.