Johann’s winter is all planned out
Johann Myburgh will be returning to South Africa shortly but as he explained when we caught up with him, he won’t be putting his feet up.
“I’m flying to South Africa soon and will be doing a month of rehab on the couple of injuries that I picked up during the season,” he said. “After that I’ll be playing a bit of cricket from November onwards. I’m going to be playing for a Premier League club in Pretoria called CBC Old Boys. They’re a good side who are normally challenging for the title and it’s a nice ground to play at.”
It won’t just be about the cricket though as he explains: “Good quality family time is also pretty high on my agenda and I am looking forward to spending time with my wife and baby. I’ve got a lot of family over there who are really looking forward to seeing my little boy. I’m also looking at playing some golf and doing some cricket coaching.”
Despite being out of the Country Johann will still be training hard. “I’ve already had a chat with Daz (Darren Veness the Somerset Head of Strength & Conditioning) and we have a good relationship,” he said. “There’s a good deal of trust there and he’s given me a programme which I am going to stick to! The older you get, the more you value the time you spend in the gym to get strong and ready for the cricket you will be playing next season. I’ll be back in Taunton towards the end of February in time for pre-season in order to be ready to go when the season starts.”
How does Johann feel this season went for him? “I was really focused and determined to make more match winning contributions this season,” he said. “When I play I just want to make an impact on the game. I want to be involved. That’s why I bowl a little bit and field the way I field. I felt that I started well and was really happy with my form. I was contributing to the team and I really enjoyed moving up the order in the NatWest T20 Blast. Unfortunately my four-day form dipped a bit and then I picked up an injury in the game at Hampshire which kept me out for the rest of the season. Looking back on the injury it was a little bit silly because it was the last ball of the innings. The ball was going for four, I was never really going to get there and I landed awkwardly on my knee. That’s sport I guess!”
Looking ahead to next season Johann said: “My hopes are the same as they were this time last year. I want to play regularly but do more than just play. I want to impact matches with the bat or the ball or in the field. You can turn a match with all three facets so hopefully I can winter well, train hard and make an impact next year.