Kent to keep policy of building for future
Kent skipper James Tredwell insists the club are not writing off their season but says they accept the policy of picking youngsters may mean they don’t win as many games as they would like. Kent opted to play Sam Billings, 22, and Matt Coles, 23, ahead of Geraint Jones, 36, and Mark Davies, 32, to kick off their Friends Life t20 campaign, but suffered home defeats to Middlesex and Surrey.
Tredwell admitted he felt “a little bit like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders” after back-to-back losses but said they would persevere with the policy for Friday’s home game against Essex (7pm), the trip to Middlesex on Sunday and Monday’s game at Essex.
He said: “We are a club in a bit of transition. We have got some decent young cricketers and want to try to progress them as best we can, as you’ve seen with the decisions over the last few weeks.
“The younger players have shown they are progressing. It may mean we don’t win as many games as we’d like but they are going to get their chances and will put in performances.”
He added: “We’re trying to build something here. There’s going to be a little bit of inexperience.
“People are still learning their games. We need to keep learning from games like Sunday, playing against the likes of Ricky Ponting – if they don’t learn from those people, that’s probably more of a worry than not being on the right side of the result.
“Hopefully, even over the course of this competition, we’ll see improvements and we will get some results.
“If we keep getting into the positions that we are doing, hopefully we’ll get over the line at some stage.”
The 31- year- old insisted: “You go into every game and try and win it but equally as a management group, we have a secondary eye on what’s going on in the greater scheme of things.
“We’re utterly disappointed to have lost the two games but we want to keep learning and build, going through this tournament and subsequent seasons.
“We’ve got some talent and they’re in the side because we think they can win us games. We hope they’re sTAYInG posITIVe: James Tredwell learning but we want them to put in performances too.”
Tredwell hailed the vocal impact of Vernon Philander on the dressing room and hinted he might consider dropping Darren Stevens down the order against Essex.
Kent return to LV= County Championship Division 2 action at Gloucester on Wednesday.
‘We’re trying to build
something here. There’s going to be a bit of inexperience’