Vi­las hails Liv­ing­stone’s ma­ture call

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

Lan­cashire in the first place. Now that they’ve of­fered me the cap­taincy and think I’m the guy to lead and take it for­ward, I’m very happy with that.

“It’s some­thing I have ex­pe­ri­ence of, but lead­ing a team like Lancs for a full sea­son in a dif­fer­ent coun­try is a new one and ex­cit­ing for me.

“Right from the word go, the way the club wel­comed me in and made things so easy.

“As a new player, es­pe­cially from over­seas, you are a bit ner­vous. But they made it so easy for me to set­tle.

“I re­mem­ber (head coach) Glen Chap­ple pick­ing me up at the train sta­tion when I got in. Those small things go a long way.

“They also wel­comed my fam­ily, and we love it over there now.

“I want to make Lan­cashire proud and re­ward them for the faith they’ve shown in me.”

Vi­las, how­ever, will be un­der im­me­di­ate pres­sure to suc­ceed. Pro­mo­tion is ex­pected, es­pe­cially with three teams go­ing up in the ECB’s re­struc­tur­ing of the county sched­ule. And al­though they reached T20 Blast Fi­nals Day this sum­mer, he knows bet­ter is needed in white ball cricket too.

He said: “There’s al­ways pres­sure at a big club like Lancs. There was pres­sure to stay in Divi­sion One and now to get back to Divi­sion One.

“Even in the white ball stuff. We feel we’ve been un­der par for the last cou­ple of years. I know we made Fi­nals Day at the end of the sea­son, but we want more.

“We’re a good side in all three forms, and we want to show it.

“The pres­sure is good for the play­ers. Hope­fully it brings out the best in the guys.

“All round, we have to chal­lenge the guys to be a bit more fo­cused and ma­ture about things. That’s some­thing we will be dis­cussing.”

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