Welcome back Johann

Somerset supporters who made the trip to Taunton Vale on Thursday to see the Second XI in T20 action against MCC Young Cricketers will have seen the familiar face of Johann Myburgh in the Somerset dressing room.

The former Somerset batsman started working with the Club during the opening Second XI T20 game against Glamorgan and continued for the fixture against MCC YC. He will now remain with the Club for the next few days assisting Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis with the fixture against Hampshire on Monday before spending time with the First XI squad ahead of their opening Vitality Blast fixture at Glamorgan.

We spoke with him at Taunton Vale to discuss his return.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to come back here for a few days and spend some time developing my skills and gaining experience working with the coaches and players,” he said. “I spoke with Jason Kerr and Andy Hurry about the possibility of coming back and I’m now looking forward to being able to give back some of the knowledge that I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up over the years as well as continue to develop my own coaching philosophy.

“I have fond memories of my time in Taunton, so it’s been great to see so many familiar faces over the last few days. Everyone’s been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to working with what is a group of really talented players. The guys are playing great cricket at the moment and are being extremely well led by Tom and Lewis.

Johann Myburgh of Somerset in action

“I’m enjoying my role as Head of Cricket development and Golf at Framlingham College and have already grown so much as a coach. They were very accommodating in allowing me to juggle my playing commitments at the end of my career whilst starting my coaching journey. This has now brought me back to Somerset. Working with elite cricketers is something I have really enjoyed over the last few days and it’s something I hope to do more of in the future. “

“I’m keen to pass on all the information I’ve received over the years, as well as my experiences playing cricket all over the world. Hopefully  this will help the current crop of players at Somerset. It’s also crucial for me that I learn from the other coaches regarding how they go about their business and how they interact with the players.”

“I’m certainly not going to be getting the pads on again and it’s exciting to be at the start of this coaching journey. I don’t know where it will lead but I’m looking forward to finding out.”

Johann retired from cricket after Somerset’s appearance at last year’s Vitality Blast Finals Day, but he’s been watching his former Club’s progress with interest this year.

“I’ve been keeping a close eye on the matches since I left,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to be at Lord’s for the Royal London One-Day Cup final. I definitely wasn’t going to miss that! It was a great day and one that the players, staff and supporters will never forget. It was a very special day and the way the guys played was very impressive. It was a really proud feeling to know that I used to be involved with that group of players.”

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