Graeme Welch chats to derbyshireccc.com about the last seven days at the County Ground as John Sadler begins his first week as Batting Coach and the squad prepare for their first yoga session on Friday.
Graeme Welch says he has been pleased with the squad’s work ethic as preparations for the new campaign intensify.
This week has seen the introduction of competitive batting and bowling sessions inside the cricket hall at the County Ground as the squad practice match situations in preparation for the new season.
Elite Performance Coach John Sadler has also spent his first seven days with the squad, observing and adding his input during training sessions.
“John Sadler has come in this week. He knows a few of the lads but not in a coaching capacity so he is just observing and trying to get to know them,” Welch said.
“This week training has moved more into game situations so we’ve had open nets with the bowlers and batters competing against each other. The lads are in good shape.
“The bowlers were a little rusty on Monday, but we definitely saw an improvement on the Wednesday and things are looking good.
“We are just trying to get it as realistic as possible. It’s difficult to do that in the indoor school inside four walls but it’s the closest you can get it.
“Batters are running between the wickets being fatigued, bowlers are bowling one over on one over off and then going off to do some catching to help create match situations. Everything is geared towards getting them ready for the season and Abu Dhabi.
“It’s just a progression. The bowlers were understandably a little bit stiff on Monday and Tuesday and speaking to Jamie Tallent [Strength & Conditioning Coach] and they have been a bit tired as we finished the week.
“So on Friday we are getting the lads doing a bit of yoga instead of a session to loosen them off as the bowlers have bowled three or four days in a row. They have bowled around 20 overs in three days which is quite a lot at this stage so we decided that they will do Yoga a bit of a change just to have a stretch and get together.
“I’m really happy and I’m really happy with the lads,” Welch added. “They are working hard. They are buying in to and embracing the change in culture. We haven’t had too many moans from them yet, but we’ve got to be fit. It’s a long season but we will be ready.”
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