Nor­well wants to roar with white ball then with the Lions

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By An­drew Law­ton

SEAMER Liam Nor­well will add po­tency with the white-ball to his ar­moury ahead of next sea­son as he tar­gets a call-up to the Eng­land Lions.

The 25-year-old bowler be­lieves that only when he has a reg­u­lar start­ing spot in all three for­mats of the game with Glouces­ter­shire will he be in con­tention for higher hon­ours with his coun­try.

Nor­well took 59 wick­ets in Di­vi­sion Two of the County Cham­pi­onship in 2017 at an av­er­age of un­der 20 and was just two wick­ets shy of his bestever sea­son in the West Coun­try which came two years ago.

And while Nor­well’s form with the ball helped Glouces­ter­shire to a re­spectable mid-ta­ble fin­ish in four-day cricket, they strug­gled in lim­ited overs.

Glouces­ter­shire fin­ished bot­tom of the South Di­vi­sion in the Blast, with four wins from 14, and won just three of their eight games in the One-Day Cup.

De­spite this, Nor­well is im­pressed with the bowl­ing op­tions avail­able in Bris­tol and thinks he can learn from the likes of Benny How­ell as he looks to be­come a more all­round bowler.

“I think I have to play all three for­mats to be in Eng­land Lions con­tention,” he said.

“If you look at the play­ers they have, they all play three for­mats. I need to get into the Glouces­ter­shire T20 side and do bet­ter in 50-over cricket.

“I need to prac­tise my skills and take my chance. We have some very good white-ball bowlers, Benny How­ell is one of the best in the coun­try. I have to get my­self into a po­si­tion where I can get se­lected.

“If you sit down and chat with Benny, you find that he’s got so much knowl­edge. If you’re talk­ing to him, you learn some­thing.

“With such great white-ball bowlers in the squad you will get bet­ter. It’s a good po­si­tion to be in if you are fight­ing for your place – you are al­ways go­ing to get bet­ter.”

Nor­well’s great sea­son saw him pick up the Play­ers’ Player and Bowler of the Year gongs at Glouces­ter­shire’s end of sea­son awards din­ner ear­lier this month.

And the young bowler is stay­ing at home this win­ter to work on his fit­ness, which he be­lieves is key to re­peat­ing his 2017 suc­cesses in more for­mats for Glouces­ter­shire next sea­son.

“I am in the cold and wet this win­ter. I had some nig­gles last year so I need to get them right with some re­hab then get fit and strong to play ev­ery game,” he added.

“I have never been avail­able for ev­ery game and I want to be avail­able for ev­ery game in all for­mats.

“Quite a few of the lads are go­ing away. We have four or five Down Un­der in Aus­tralia and New Zealand but the main thing for me is to get fit and strong, and find a way to be con­sis­tent.

“It’s al­ways nice to get awards, es­pe­cially the play­ers’ player when you are voted for by your team-mates.

“It means a lot to know they value you – it was very spe­cial.”

De­ter­mined: Liam Nor­well

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