Preparing for Bangladesh
Posted in England U19s
We enjoyed a few days off over Christmas after our hard tour of South Africa but are already back training ready to take on the challenge of Bangladesh which we will depart for next Friday.
The final third of our time in Potchefstroom saw us move into the competition phase. The three games we had against North West Province started off with a couple of losses but we bounced back with a win in the final game.
North West were a tough opposition but in all truth one that we should have been beating.
The aim of the games was to allow players to understand the different roles that we may have to play and how to go about these based on a number of statistics we were shown.
In the first two games we were bowled out in each innings with about 30 balls remaining which was something we admitted wasn't good enough and had to be improved.
In the last game we chased down 300 losing only three wickets with plenty of overs remaining. This was largely down to Daniel Bell-Drummond's quick-fire hundred which was awesome to watch from the other end.
During the last game something seemed to click and there was a huge confidence boost considering keeping wickets in hand had been something we'd found difficult in the past.
All of the batsmen seemed to find batting easy and had taken our drills out into the middle and made the most of our improved skills.
Unfortunately we were struck by a number of injuries and niggles that meant at times there were fewer fully fit players to choose from, which was definitely an obstacle we had to work to overcome.
Disappointingly I was one of the guys who picked up a niggle early in the first game so missed the first two matches and only managed to play a full 100 overs in the final game.
The tour taught us a lot about one-day cricket and how to go about an innings batting in different positions. The bowlers now have far better plans of how they want to bowl which will be crucial to our success in a place like Bangladesh.
Happy New Year to everyone. Enjoy your cricket.