Tale of two Taylors
Posted in Domestic Cricket
We are on a bad run in the Friends Provident t20 and hopefully we can turn that around against Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
After winning two games on the bounce, we then lost to Durham, Northants and Yorkshire. Luckily there are loads of games in the competition so we have time to get into the quarter-finals but we need to start winning.
Leicestershire have a good history of doing well in Twenty20 cricket and we are hopeful of doing well this season. We have a good squad with a mixture of youth and experience.
Our loss to Durham last week was notable for Ross Taylor's innings. He is one of the world's best Twenty20 players and decided the match. He got 80 off 33 balls - unbelievable. He cleared the ropes so easily, some of his hits cleared the boundary by 40 yards. It was something I haven't seen before. The buildings were in danger. It was amazing to watch, despite being on the opposite side.
We tried a number of different things - yorkers, back of a length, slower balls, wide of the crease - everything just disappeared. He is a quality player. I heard he used he used to play hockey to a good level and you can see that with how he bats. He seems to flick his wrists on contact.
We did quite well trying to chase down 226 but we kept on losing wickets.
When I came in I just had to try and hit as many boundaries as possible. The reverse sweep worked well for me. I hit three which all went for four in an over off Ian Blackwell. I enjoyed that. I have been working on that shot with Paul Nixon who is one of the best in the world at it.
In Twenty20 cricket it's important to learn new shots. You have to target the areas where there are no fielders and that might need something unorthodox.
For someone like me who won't consistently whack the ball out of the ground, I need to find other ways to score heavily. I have been working hard on this. You have to know what areas you are strong in and what your boundary options are.
We have Brad Hodge as our second overseas player for the FP t20, joining Andrew McDonald. Brad is great to have around, really enthusiastic and very funny. He has won the Twenty20 with Leicestershire before.
He's a top batsman and someone I have been tapping into for advice. He is of a similar stature to me so I speak to him about scoring shots, where to score and the tempo in which to bat.