Captain Wayne Madsen (pictured) will be hoping his side can take advantage of the home conditions as Derbyshire welcome Sussex to the County Ground tomorrow.
Karl Krikken’s side have had a two-and-a-half-week break from the LV= County Championship, giving the side the opportunity to reflect on the opening weeks of the season.
The squad have been hard at work this week preparing for their second four-day game at the County Ground this season and Madsen now believes that the home advantage will give them the edge against a Sussex side pushing for the title.
“I think it is important that we make the most of our home fixtures,” Madsen said. “Home advantage is huge in this competition and we have performed well here over the last couple of seasons. We know are wicket well and we will now have to make the most of it.
“The home support will also help spur us on as we aim to claim our first win in the competition. The first part of the season hasn’t really gone to plan, but I think you can see the improvements we have been making as each week goes by. When we do claim that first victory - hopefully it will be this week against Sussex - it will then give us the confidence to kick on.
“But Sussex are a good side and have got off to a decent start so far in the competition so we have to be on top of our game if we want to get a positive result.
“We have had a bit of a break in the competition which has been nice as we have had the opportunity to reflect on the start of the season. Preparation has been good over the last week. Obviously we had the one-day game last week so it changed a little when we trained with the white ball, but since then we have been hard at work with the red ball.
"We have had an excellent day’s training today and we are all now raring to go tomorrow as we continue our LV= County Championship campaign.”
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