Captain Wayne Madsen says Derbyshire County Cricket Club will be competing for major titles within three years.
The 29-year-old, who recently signed a new three-year contract committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season, spoke to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter about his new deal, his incredible 2013 campaign and his hopes for the upcoming season.
The two-time Club Player of the Year was thrilled to receive a new contract at the end of year and can’t wait for the new season as Derbyshire push for success in all formats.
“It was a difficult season as a team, but on a personal note I probably enjoyed the best season of my career,” Madsen said.
“It’s obviously nice to be awarded a new deal at the end of the season. I owe a lot to the Club who gave me my first chance.
“I now hope to continue progressing my own game and helping develop a side that can compete in Division One consistently. This will be the goal over the next three seasons.
“Ultimately, I believe in the Club and everything going on behind-the-scenes and I’m confident we’ll be competing in both the one-day and the four-day competitions within that time frame.
“I really want to do well for Derbyshire and I look forward to developing my career here.”
The top-order batsman became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season which brought a total of 1,239 first-class runs at 43.60 with three hundreds and eight fifties.
“I probably turned a corner at the end of last year,” he added. “I think my move down the order to number three also made a difference.
“It took a little bit of the pressure off especially with the captaincy and I became more consistent in building an innings.
“I also learnt a lot from Shiv [Chanderpaul] and it just developed from there. Ches [Hughes] and I also had a big partnership at Headingley, everything took off and it turned into a dream season for me on the batting front.
“On the captaincy side, I have definitely matured over the last few years and this year, through difficult times, I picked up quite a lot. The coaches have been fantastic in helping me develop over the last few years and I want to continue to learn.
“But there’s a lot I can improve on from a captaincy point of view and I will continue to work on this.”
Madsen now has his sights fixed on the new season as Derbyshire aim, not only for LV= County Championship promotion, but also for success in the 20 and 50 overs formats of the game.
“The expectation for next year is to get back into Division One," he said.
"Everyone is determined to achieve this. Already over the first few weeks of training you can see the steel and the determination. We’ll be fit and strong and better prepared for the new season.
“We’ve also been developing our ability to compete in the one-day competitions over the last few seasons.
“I think it’s important that we do begin to push on and start to be more consistent in one-day cricket and that’s what we’ll be looking for next season.
“I believe in the Twenty20 competition we’ve shown great promise especially with the start we had last season. And I know it was a shortened game, but beating Notts was a big win for us.
“We’ve definitely showed the potential to perform in one-day cricket and it’ll be the responsibility of us as players to achieve it in the next few seasons, starting next year.”
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