Squad ‘in good shape’ after pre-season in La Manga
KENT’S co-ordinator of coaching Simon Willis has hailed the club’s five-day pre-season training camp in Spain an unmitigated success.
The county squad travelled to the La Manga complex for a rigorous stint of training and practice before their first friendly against Nottinghamshire that starts in Canterbury next Thursday, April 5.
Willis said: “Had we been in England last week I doubt that we’d have got any work of any quality done at all. As it was, the climate in Spain allowed us to work outside non-stop and that meant the guys focused heavily on fitness, fielding and drill work with the bat.
“We’ve started pre-season a week earlier than last year just so we can ease the side back into it and do our best to avoid the lads picking up a strain or muscle tear.
“Touch wood, the squad are looking in good shape and on our first day back in Canterbury we put them through a whole day of fitness tests rather than just the usual twohour stint of bleep tests.
“There is a group of players in the squad now with an appetite to set higher standards of fitness and those falling behind them will stand the risk of standing out like a sore thumb.”
To help freshen up their training drills, Kent invited Bromley Cricket Club skipper and sports scientist James Butterfill on the trip.
Explaining the move, Willis said: “James was great as he brought some new ideas to our sessions, but the thing we liked most was that he knows cricket and could relate various fitness activities solely to cricket.
“The guys took to him pretty much straight away and we’ve come back full of appetite for the game.”
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