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We have now completed our first two games of the season at Lord's against MCC and against Whitgift School. Both games were an important part of our preparations for the Deaf World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.

The tour started well with a three-wicket win chasing 232 against the MCC, but ended disappointingly with a defeat against Whitgift by 18 runs chasing 250.

My main priorities between now and our next round of games in Derby at the end of August are as follows:

  • Ongoing feedback from the players on their training programmes.
  • The physio and myself to regularly liaise re players fitness etc (away from and during training weekends/matches).
  • Arrange for the use of Cricstat (Performance Analysis System ) for the Derby Tour. The software will definitely take us to the next level and quite simply provide us with facts. Facts that can be used to analyse most things you want during games.
  • Meet with Ron Young (Assistant Coach) prior to the Derby Tour to discuss the current squad, potential squad and the key things we now need to focus on to make us into a World Cup winning side, which will form the basis of the squad’s preparations in the winter.

Whilst we continue to work well and the environment we are creating is excellent, we now need to be very specific on the key things that will make the difference.

There is a danger of trying to cram too much into limited contact time with the players. We will decide on the key things and that will be our focus in our preparations.

Fortunately, we are a good side so we now just need to find those one or two things that will make the difference. As the coach, I need to be concerned with results, picking a squad that is capable of delivering the results and bringing in ways to get the most out of them, with limited contact time.

Maintaining the right environment at training sessions is therefore crucial.

I am pleased that we also have a structure in place to identify other players via the Lions squad. Having now worked with the squad during matches, I am confident that by implementing the above, we will continue to move forward.

Based on limited contact time, we will look to select the squad for the World Cup soon after the Derby Tour so that training programmes can produced for the squad and individuals.

I hope everyone is enjoying their seasons so far - there is plenty of cricket to come.

Congratulations to our colleagues in the senior England side for the ODI series wins against Australia and Bangladesh.

Thanks for reading.