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Elite Performance Report 3 | We’re already seeing a difference

TimGroenewaldPaceman Tim Groenewald says he’s already seen a big difference in the players’ attitudes under the new Elite Cricket Performance structure.

Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch was quick to lay down an early marker of professionalism and hard work, introducing 7am starts as part a packed training schedule.

Groenewald says he’s already noticed a change in the approach to training under the new model and insists this will hold them in good stead come April.

“I think the guys were a bit apprehensive at first, but they all bought into the idea quite quickly and got cracking,” Groenewald said.

“The guys are working hard and putting in plenty of effort. Training’s been good and we’re looking forward to this continuing as we get closer to the new season.

“It has kept the guys on their toes and has created a bit of togetherness.

“Usually when you get a lot of guys working together you get a lot of people moaning behind the scenes. You haven’t seen any of that and the guys have got on with it.

“Training has been quite different,” he added. “ECB’s lead Women’s Fielding Coach Cookie Patel has come in and done a great job with the fielding which we started at 7am - which was a first for many of us.

“The intensity has been unbelievable and after five days of doing it you can really see the difference.

“It’s definitely an exciting time.

“The guys have taken on board what’s come our way and everyone has bought into the idea of Elite Performance.

“It's only been a week but I’ve already seen a big difference in attitude and work ethic, so it’s definitely good.”

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