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Steve impressed by Somerset Young Lions

It was announced earlier this week that Kasey Aldridge,Tom Lammonby, Lewis Goldsworthy and Will Smeed have all been selected to play for the England Young Lions on their tour to Bagladesh.

The Somerset quartet have just returned to the County after spending three weeks at the Young Lions training camp in India.

Somerset Academy Director, Steve Snell was part of the coaching team at that training camp and reflected on how the four young cricketers had coped with all aspects of the trip.

“Collectively and individually the four players all did extremely well. The purpose of the trip was for them to be creative and to learn about playing on the sub-continent with particular focus on playing spin. All of the players clearly developed in different aspects of their games and worked hard on areas in which they haven’t traditionally been as strong. It was very pleasing to see progress from all four Somerset players.

“The idea of the trip wasn’t for it to be dominated by match-play, so there were lots of opportunities to explore things in the nets and in the middle. I thought that all our guys really conscientiously developed their skills and game plans which was encouraging to see.”

In his role as Fielding Coach with the Young Lions, Steve had the chance to work with and observe the best players in the country at Under 19 level.

“The reason that our players were on the trip was because they compare favourably to their peers and certainly what I saw on the trip reassured me that we have some players of very high capability in our ranks.

“For Kasey Aldridge this was the first experience of an overseas tour with England and he was clearly soaking up information and acting on it on a daily basis. The confidence that being part of that group will give him is invaluable and I can see from his body language that he is evolving daily and his belief in himself is growing, which is great to see.”

“Lewis Goldsworthy is showing incremental improvements with both bat and ball. He did some superb work with Min Patel, who was the England spin bowling coach on the trip. The work he has done has improved the shape and the trajectory of the ball when he is bowling and the evidence of what he achieved has filled him with a lot of confidence going forward.”

“Tom Lammonby showed some outstanding leadership characteristics on the trip. Although there was no designated Tour Captain as such, his behavior and the way he went about the trip evidenced why he is a first year professional and has captained England Under 19s in the past. Tom is someone whose game is growing quickly, and we hope that the desire to keep improving stays with him because he is a very exciting young batter and also a very talented fielder.”

“Will Smeed evidenced some outstanding ball striking characteristics in India. His ability to pick length has always been clear and he has scored a lot of runs in age group cricket, but what was evident in Bangalore was the improvement in the swiftness of his footwork. He also scored an outstanding 80 off 40 balls in a one-day game and hit some massive sixes.”

Looking forward to the Young Lions tour to Bangladesh later this month, Steve said : “The mini international tour against Bangladesh will be another great opportunity for all of the Somerset contingent to showcase the learning they have taken from being in India. It will be a hugely exciting trip for all of the boys and I have every confidence that they will relish the challenge and make a positive difference to the Young Lions team.”

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