Joel impressed by the player’s return

The Somerset squad are now well into their pre-season training programme, and SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning, Joel Tratt is impressed by what he has seen so far.

“The guys have come back and every one of them has got stuck right in,” he said when we spoke to him this week. “Their approach to the skills work and the S&C has been absolutely outstanding. It’s been great, and the extra time off that they’ve had has definitely benefitted us because everyone has returned really fresh.

“The mood in the camp is great and the players are enjoying coming in every day. We are trying to challenge them in different ways and that is prompting some really good conversations amongst the group. Their approach to the gym work and their running has been first class and I can’t fault it at all.”

Covis-19 has affected the Club’s pre-season plans for the last two years, how important is it that the players have a full pre-season programme ahead of the 2022 campaign?

“Having a proper pre-season will be massive for us, especially for the players here in Taunton. We work individually with each player, and they all have bespoke programmes to work through. We are always in touch with the guys who are abroad at the moment and when they come back we will make sure that we have the optimum programme of prep and rest in place for them.

“We’ve changed things slightly this year. We normally have a screening week and a testing week and things like that, but this year we have integrated this in more with cricket and have built it into the overall structure. It’s important to check and challenge our processes and it’s going really well. We’re already into week three and everyone’s in a very good place.

“The culture and environment that we have built up here is very good and the guys know the expectations that we have of them. We also have high expectations of ourselves. If you want to be good at something, you have to work hard and put in the time and effort. Our guys are incredibly hungry for success. They want to do well personally, but more importantly they want to do well for Somerset County Cricket Club.

“When you set high standards over a period of time, that becomes the norm. The challenge isn’t to get the players up to that standard, the challenge is to get them to keep raising those standards. That’s what we work hard every day to achieve.”

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