Mad­sen count­ing on his Manc ex­pe­ri­ence

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WAYNE Mad­sen be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ences he gained play­ing Lan­cashire league cricket more than a decade ago will prove cru­cial when he ap­pears for the Manch­ester Orig­i­nals next sum­mer.

The bats­man has estab­lished him­self as one of the most con­sis­tent play­ers across all for­mats in do­mes­tic cricket dur­ing a 10-year ca­reer at Der­byshire.

But it was three sea­sons at Unsworth Cricket Club in Bury where his jour­ney in English cricket first be­gan as he sought to build his cricket ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing the off sea­son in his na­tive South Africa.

“For me it is amaz­ing to be go­ing back,” said Mad­sen, who was picked up by the Orig­i­nals in the fourth round of last month’s draft.

“I have got so many friends there. I did three years with Unsworth when it was the Cen­tral Lan­cashire League at the time.

“I had an amaz­ing time up there and I learnt a lot about my own game. The re­spon­si­bil­ity of a pro in those leagues was pretty mas­sive and that has cer­tainly stood me in good stead for my county ca­reer.”

Mad­sen looms as one of the bar­gain picks of The Hun­dred draft fol­low­ing a stun­ning run of form in white-balls cricket in re­cent years.

The 35-year-old right-han­der is the sec­ond-high­est run­scorer in the Vi­tal­ity Blast over the past three sea­sons and helped Der­byshire to Fi­nals Day for the first time in Septem­ber.

With short-for­mat teams across the world in­creas­ingly plac­ing a higher value in more ex­pe­ri­enced bats­men, Mad­sen re­vealed he had never felt more con­fi­dent about his white-ball form and cred­its con­stantly look­ing to evolve his game as crit­i­cal to that. “My white-ball ca­reer has just got better and better through time and through chang­ing skills,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously I had the base skills in place but it is then about adapt­ing. It is about as­sess­ing the risk and re­ward and back­ing your­self to do it un­der pres­sure.

“The big­gest de­vel­op­ment for me has been able to strike the ball out of the ground straight. Four or five sea­sons ago I did a win­ter lit­er­ally about range hit­ting and that’s def­i­nitely helped me against spin­ner and seam­ers.”

Wayne Mad­sen on Manch­ester Orig­i­nals

Mad­sen knows his ex­pe­ri­ence will be crit­i­cal in an Orig­i­nals squad that is laced with ex­cit­ing young tal­ent such as Saqib Mah­mood, Matt Parkin­son, Phil Salt, Tom Abell, Ed­die By­rom and Joe Clarke.

“I think we have a re­ally good bal­ance of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence with our play­ers,” he said. “There is a lot of room for shared learn­ing and not just in terms of me pass­ing on ex­pe­ri­ence to the younger guys but for their tricks and tech­ni­cal skills for me to pick up lit­tle tips as well.

“That’s the main thing as a crick­eter – you never stop learn­ing. When you do, that’s when your ca­reer stag­nates es­pe­cially with the way the game moves for­ward.

“Now The Hun­dred will be about try­ing to find new ways as a bat­ter to score even quicker.

“Scor­ing 360 is pretty cru­cial and I think that we have a lot of play­ers in our squad that are able to do that which bodes well for next year.”

Mad­sen hopes the tour­na­ment will also put his name in the shop win­dow for other in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions fol­low­ing a ca­reer that has ar­guably de­served more recog­ni­tion on the world stage.

He had a brief spell with Pe­shawar Zalmi as they reached the fi­nal of the Pak­istan Su­per League ear­lier his year and ad­mits a de­sire to prove his qual­ity when the eyes of the world fall on The Hun­dred next sum­mer.

“For us the 100 ball is al­most our in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in terms of the qual­ity that is go­ing to be on show,” he said.

“There will be eight teams with some of the best play­ers from around the world is go­ing to be for us that shop win­dow for other com­pe­ti­tions if we do well as play­ers.

“It’s cer­tainly go­ing to open some doors into the other events around the world.”

For­mer Unsworth player Wayne Mad­sen will play for the Manch­ester Orig­i­nals in The Hun­dred next year

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