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Welch hoping to install winning culture

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch is hoping Derbyshire can create a winning habit starting with the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi. 

Derbyshire will compete in three fixtures against fellow first-class county Worcestershire and face international outfit New Zealand during their nine-day tour of Abu Dhabi, commencing Friday 7th March.

Elite Performance Director Welch hopes his side can make a winning start to 2014 after an extensive winter training regime. 

“Winning becomes a habit so it would be ideal if we can start that in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

“The tour will also be a good chance for me and the new coaching team to have a look at the players in game situations.

“We will be able to learn more about how different individuals react and come the end of the tour, we will be in a better position to pick our first team for Leicestershire on 6th April.

 “It’s been an extensive seven or eight weeks training, but I think the lads are ready for Abu Dhabi.

“They are looking fit and strong. They’ve hit a lot more balls and bowled a lot more than usual so the tour has come just at the right time for us. It will give us a great platform to start the season well.”

As the squad continued to raise the bar and strive for elite in preparation for the start of the new campaign, the squad travelled to Loughborough last week to train at the ECB's National Cricket Performance Centre.

“We are continuing to progress the training as we move closer to the start of the season.

“We thought it would be great to go to Loughborough so the lads can play on different surfaces and the bowlers can bowl of their full run-ups. I was surprised to how well the lads adapted. We are in a good place.

“It’s a progression for them as this time next week we will be in Abu Dhabi training outside, which is where they need to be. So it was good to get them used to running in again.

Finally, Welch revealed that the final piece on his elite performance coaching jigsaw wasted no time before getting involved in training, despite a long journey from Australia.

“Ant Botha arrived on Wednesday and was straight into it on Thursday doing a few sessions with the lads. The lads seem to enjoy having him here and it’s good for me to have him here as it is with all the coaching staff.

“We are also really looking forward to having our Elite Performance Analyst on board, so it all shaping nicely at the moment.”

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