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Derbyshire contingent arrives in Sri Lanka

Captain Wayne Madsen is leading a seven-strong party to Sri Lanka as Derbyshire’s preparations for the 2013 campaign continue.

Madsen is joined by Tom Poynton, Richard Johnson, Dan Redfern, Tony Palladino, Mark Turner and Tom Knight as the group hone their skills, focussing on spin bowling and the turning ball, in testing sub-continental conditions.

The ten day trip comes after six Derbyshire players enjoyed a successful trip to India in January of last year.

India was set to be the venue once again in 2013; however Colombo later became the preferred destination.

Madsen said: ‘It’s good for the seven of us to get outdoors. We’ll be facing spin out there and different conditions but the main thing is we’ll be able to train outside. It’s going to be a good experience.

‘The guys involved in the trip to India last year learned a great deal and by all accounts the feedback from previous visits to the sub-continent has been very good.

‘The conditions out here will be pretty tough and it’s going to be a good challenge for us. Hopefully it will provide excellent preparation ahead of the season back in England.’

The club also wishes to thank Four Seasons Transfers Ltd for sponsoring Derbyshire CCC’s Airport Transfers for the trip.

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