Winter catch up: Johann Myburgh

Johann Myburgh was one of Somerset’s stand-out performers in one-day cricket in 2017.

The man from Pretoria scored 290 runs in the T20 Blast at an average of 36.25 and averaged 40 in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

This winter the 37-year-old has once again been working as a coach at Framlingham College as he explained when we spoke to him recently.

“I’m doing some work here again as the cricket professional,” he said. “I’m also involved with some of the other sports including netball, rugby, golf and hockey. I’m really enjoying coaching and it’s good to be able to keep myself busy with something I really enjoy; being involved in sport.

“After I finish playing I want to remain in sport. I’ve been a professional cricketer for over 20 years now and I know that you can’t play forever. I still enjoy playing, competing and winning matches but that will come to an end one day. I would like to remain in sport and working here has been a great experience which I’ve really enjoyed. It’s been great to be involved with a number of different sports and it’s rewarding to work with young people and to help them become better sportsmen and women. Hopefully they can take some of the things that they’ve learned here into their life outside of sport. There are so many things that you can learn from sport that you can then take into life.”

What were his thoughts about the 2017 season and what does he think the team can achieve in 2018?

“Personally it was a pretty good season for me and I enjoyed it,” he said. “I felt confident with bat in hand and when you feel like that it’s good to be able to go out there and express yourself to try and win matches for the team.

“We weren’t a million miles away from where we needed to be last year. We’ve got an exciting squad that’s full of people who can win matches. There’s a lot of experience in the dressing room and we should be competing for one-day finals. That was one of the main factors in me still wanting to play. I like to win matches and contribute to victories in any way that I can. We’ve certainly got the talent and the experience to be seriously challenging this year.

“There have been a few changes at the Club, which is exciting and I’m looking forward to working with the guys again. I’ve been in contact with both Jason (Kerr) and Andy (Hurry) and I’ve worked with them previously, so I know what they bring to the party. I’ve spoken to a lot of the guys back in Taunton during the winter and there seems to be a lot of positivity around the squad.

Last year Johann signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Cooper Associates County Ground for white-ball cricket until the end of the 2018 season and despite being away from Taunton he has been training hard.

“I’ve spoken to Joel (Tratt, SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) and Jamie (Thorpe, SCCC Head of Science & Medicine) regularly,” he said. “We all know what I need to be doing and where I need to be come the start of the season. I’ll have a little bit more time than usual and I’ve been working hard on my training programme here. There’s certainly plenty of eager students here who are keen to bowl at me and get me out!

“Focusing only on white-ball cricket should give me a little extra focus with regards to how to train and go about things. I’m looking forward to joining up with the rest of the squad in April and getting ready for those first matches in May.”

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