Jason reacts to the 2018 fixtures
Following the publication of the 2018 fixtures, Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr can’t wait for the season to begin.
We sat down with him as he cast his eye over the schedule and discussed his initial thoughts.
“This is always an exciting time of the year,” he said. “We’re delighted to have the first game at home against Worcestershire on April 20th. It’s always great playing here in front of the terrific support that we get and hopefully we can start well next year. Three of the first four Specsavers County Championship matches are at home next year. We are familiar with the conditions here so we owe it to ourselves and to the supporters to get off to a good start. Traditionally we haven’t started well and that’s an area we’ve identified as something to work on. We are going to do everything we can to make sure that we give ourselves the best possible chance to start well.
“We’ll announce some pre-season friendlies in due course and that will be against strong opposition in order to test the guys. We will also be putting a marquee up on the pitch here before the season starts so that our transition on to grass will be a lot earlier. It’s about making sure that the players’ preparation is as good as it possibly can be. That leads us in to the game against Oxford MCCU at Taunton Vale.”
How does he feel about the competitions being largely separated throughout the summer?
“I’m pleased that the season is divided in to blocks again,” he said. “It’s vital for the players preparation. Momentum is so important in sport, whether that be as a team or individually, and the schedule will help that. There is no doubt that it helps the boys to perform better. It allows you to get into a rhythm in each competition. This obviously leads to a higher standard of cricket. Switching between formats can be a real challenge for a player and I think we saw that a few years ago. To make the transition can be difficult especially if there’s no preparation time.”
How does he feel about the time that the squad will spend on the road?
“With the domestic schedule as it is at the moment, travelling is inevitable,” he said. “It’s a busy summer for everyone. We’re based in the South West so obviously we will be doing more journeys than most. We are used to it and it’s part and parcel of what we have to do.”
The Cooper Associates County Ground will also be staging a women’s triangular tournament between England, South Africa and New Zealand in June as well as playing host to three Western Storm matches in the Kia Super League about which Jason said: “Western Storm were fantastic last year. They’re the reigning champions and I’m looking forward to the double header we will be playing with them at the end of July. It’s brilliant that international cricket will be returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground too and after England won the ICC World Cup this year, the women’s game is on a real high.”
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