Adam Dibble all ready for Potchefstroom
Nobody is looking forward to flying out to South Africa next week with the Somerset fast bowlers than Adam Dibble, who has been working hard throughout this winter to try to make sure that he is in the best possible shape for the 2013 season.
Last year was one of stark contrasts for the 21 year old, who had no sooner produced his career best bowling and batting figures against Warwickshire in April than he sustained a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the rest of the season.
Now thankfully he is back to full fitness and is raring to go, starting with a trip to Potchefstroom with the rest of the Somerset bowlers next week.
Dibble said: “It will be great to get out to South Africa and be out of the cold and back outside in the sunshine. It’s really important for the bowlers to get the overs under their belt and get their bodies ready before we start competing.”
“It will be great to get back to a full run up and bowl on a grass surface again, especially for me because I haven’t bowled for a very long time, so I now cant wait to get away from the indoor school.”
“I’d love to be able to pick up from where I left off in that game against Warwickshire which is now almost a year ago, but it will be nice to hit the ground running.”
In his last game Dibble enjoyed career best figures of 3 for 42 and 43 runs against Warwickshire before being injured.
“That performance at Edgbaston has helped me tremendously while I have been injured, because knowing that I can compete give me great self belief and lets me know that I am good enough.”
“Time off has done me a lot of good in many ways because it has made me really appreciate how lucky we are as cricketers, and you realise that even more when you aren’t playing so I just cant wait to get out and play some cricket.”
Looking forward Dibble said: “It’s not long now until the first friendly on March 21st and quite a scary thought when you think just how cold it is outside. It could certainly be a bit of a contract coming back from South Africa at the end of our bowling camp.”
“We come straight back from bowling in ‘Potch’ to bowling here so we will build on the overs we bowl out there, so hopefully the weather will have got better and we can get outside.”
He added: “This is a big season for me and there is huge competition for places in the team, but that is what it is all about. This is the last year of my current contract but I am not concentrating on that. I am being as positive as I can and know that I am good enough and have worked hard every day so hopefully that will take care of itself.”
Head coach Andy Hurry said: “Adam will be coming back from a great start to his season last year before he picked up that injury. However he has recovered from that and done some really good rehabilitation and now he is as keen as mustard to get himself out to South Africa and prepare for pre-season.”
The head coach added:“There is real competition for places for those seam bowling spots this year and he will be aiming to be one of those in contention.”