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Busy winter ahead for Derbyshire players

ShivChanderpaulAfter the conclusion of the domestic season, lasting six months and containing over 40 fixtures, the players finally enjoy some time away to recuperate after a busy campaign.

But many wonder and ask; what do professional cricketers do during the winter months?

Each individual will have their own off-season schedule, usually consisting time spent with family and friends, before the hard work starts again at the start of November. 

We spoke to several Derbyshire players to talk us through their winter plans.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

The world number three Test batsman has a jam-packed winter schedule as he resumes his international duty with the West Indies.

After the conclusion of his first summer with Derbyshire, the 39-year-old flew to Orlando to enjoy a few days at home with his family.  But his time-off was short lived as the dedicated batsman travelled to Miami a week later for a training camp with the national side. 

Shiv and his international team-mates headed out to India earlier this week for their hastily-arranged two-Test series with MS Dhoni’s side. The second Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, will be an emotional affair as Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar calls time on an illustrious career spanning over 24 years. Let’s hope Shiv can crash the party!

The tour of India will conclude on 27th November before the Windies move on to New Zealand to begin a three-Test series.

The touring party will finally return to the Caribbean after the New Year. Here, they will prepare for an ODI series against England due to run throughout March, before Chanderpaul is expected to return to these shores at the end of the month for the start of the 2014 domestic season.

Jonathan Clare

The Derbyshire all-rounder will be working with the rest of the squad in Derby this winter, while planning a Christmas wedding after recently getting engaged. Congratulations Jon!

He said:“I will not be going abroad this winter. I will be working here at Derby with the rest of the squad, whilst watching my beloved Burnley and their promotion charge.

“I’m delighted to say I recently got engaged so I will be planning a wedding for Christmas time next year during the off-season.

“We also partake in coaching the age groups and the Academy before Christmas, so I’ll be involved in that while we continue to plan and work hard for the new season.”

Mark Turner

Paceman Mark Turner will try pastures new as he partakes in a part-time internship this winter.

He said: “October mainly consisted of spending time with the family and going back up to the North East with my daughter Ivy.

“I also celebrated a wedding anniversary before attending the big derby between Sunderland and Newcastle. What a win! Ha'way the lads!

“In November I will be starting an internship at Michael Page recruitment in Nottingham; something I will do alongside my commitments with Derbyshire. This will run through until Christmas, three days a week, the other week days and weekends are cricket and training based.”

Chesney Hughes

The Anguilla-born batsman recently underwent shoulder surgery and will now spend the winter recuperating ahead of the start of the 2014 domestic season in April.

“I will now be in my sling until the end of November, day and night, for the next six weeks which will allow it to heal.  

“After that I will gradually get back into the strength work. This will be over the next four or five months until I’m back to full strength.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of me but I’m confident I can get it done to be fully fit by April. I think I will be fit for the new season.

“I plan to head home for three weeks during our time off and spend some time with my family, before I return to Derby in November for when the hard work starts.

“I will be working a lot with Jamie Tallent [Strength and Conditioning Coach] over the winter as I work my way back up to full fitness and get back bowling.

“Hopefully the operation and the work over the winter will allow me to bowl and, therefore, help balance the side in 2014. With me being able to bowl, we could potentially pick an extra batsman in one-day competitions.”

Scott Elstone

New recruit Scott Elstone will be spending his first winter as a Derbyshire player in Derby, working with the staff at the County Ground in an attempt to forge a place in Karl Krikken’s side.

He said: “I will be working full-time with the coaches at Derbyshire this winter and hopefully this will help get me back to my best.

“I’m already in the gym working hard. It’s a few weeks before we are all back at Derby, but I’m just making sure I’m ready and back to where I was.

“Hopefully over the winter I will improve my targets, improve my goals and I’ll come out firing next year.   

“I will not be going abroad. I would have loved to have gone to Australia – especially with how cold it has been here during the last few weeks.

“But I’m going to stay here, hit the gym hard and use the coaching staff at Derbyshire to get back to where I need to be for the new season.”

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