With less than two months left until the start of the 2012 campaign, Wes Durston believes everything is starting to fall into place as the Falcons prepare for their pre-season tour to Barbados.
The squad will fly out to the Caribbean in the middle of March where they will compete against fellow LV= County Championship Division Two sides Hampshire and Yorkshire as well as taking part in a Twenty20 tournament.
The Falcons squad is working hard to be fit and ready, and have spent some time training at Loughborough’s indoor cricket centre, and Durston insists all the pre-season hard work will pay off.
“We have done a lot of individual work and now we are getting back together as a team for nets and fielding drills, just getting ready for that first game,” he said.
“We are building up the gym work, which has been pretty solid since October. We are just building up our skills, we had a net at Loughborough on Wednesday which was great and we are off to tour Barbados next month.
“Things are falling into place nicely, we are touring just over five weeks and everything is set in place for a good tour. I think the club is looking to make a signing or two before the start of the season, but we know with the players we have got that we can have a good season. Hopefully we can kick on from last year and push for promotion.”
Derbyshire’s 2011 player of the year is also boosted by the signing of overseas players Martin Guptill and Usman Khawaja who return to the County Ground for a second successive season.
“They are two very good young International players still forging their way into the international arena,” he added. “They are keen to come back to Derbyshire, to continue their development and they are certainly going to aid our campaign next year. We are very grateful to have them signed up for the whole season between them.”
Most players are now back at Derbyshire as they continue to build and hope to hit the ground running in April.
“Cheney Hughes is still away and Ross Whiteley is still in Australia – but we have got all of our South African guys back, David Wainwright is still in Sri Lanka, and the overseas will join us in April. But we have got 15 guys here and there is a sense of togetherness around the side.”
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