Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken returned from a stint coaching the England Lions in India on Monday and it was business as usual come Tuesday morning as the former Derbyshire keeper returned to the County Ground.
The hard work has continued over the winter with the players returning to training and as Krikken returns to address the squad, he feels that his second spell in India in as many years has proved extremely beneficial.
‘It was a bit different to last time I was out there’ he said.
‘In 2011 it was a specialist spin camp set up by Peter Such whereas this time it was with the England Lions squad so it was a new experience albeit similar conditions; we didn’t see a drop of rain in 28 days!’
‘I was there as a wicketkeeping coach but obviously there was an assortment of coaches out there covering batting, bowling and fielding so there was a lot to pick up.’
As well as gaining experience personally as a coach, Krikken is also confident that his time in India will be to the benefit of his young Derbyshire squad.
‘There are definitely a few tips and insights I have brought back with me spanning all facets of the game from batting, bowling and fielding and that’s something we will be able to introduce here this winter at the County Ground.’
Krikken is used to working with talented youngsters with Derbyshire adopting a strategy of bringing through young, hungry and talented players through the Academy and on the subcontinent he was able to aid the development of some of England’s brightest prospects.
‘I was charged with working with the three keepers in the set-up, which were Craig Kieswetter, Jos Buttler and young Ben Foakes who are obviously good young players, so it has been good to be out there with them for 28 days and working with them and on their games.’
Upon his return to Derbyshire, Krikken is delighted with the progress made and is, alongside his players, excited by the coming months.
‘I’ll see the players this week, I know they have been working hard with AJ Harris and Luke Storey and they’ll certainly be ready to come back all guns blazing after the Christmas break.
‘We’ve got plans in place. The lads will come back in January and the season will soon come round. We’ll be really looking forward to getting back to it in 2013 and are obviously excited about the prospect of Division One cricket.’
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