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An interesting first year for Kasey

2020 was Kasey Aldridge’s first year as a professional cricketer.

It’s certainly 12 months that he won’t forget in a hurry.

We spoke to him this week to get his views on 2020.

We started by asking him what it was like to be a pro.

“Although there wasn’t any Second XI cricket it was great to be able to spend so much time with the senior players and be able to learn off them,” he said. “It’s been really good to see how they go about their training in the professional environment. It’s a big step up, but I’ve really enjoyed it and I feel like I settled in well.”

What was it like to step into the Somerset dressing room on that first day?

“It was strange because you’re walking into an environment full of people that you’ve watched on the tv and looked up to. It was quite an empowering feeling to walk into that dressing room for the first time. Everyone was really welcoming, and it was a really smooth transition, which made it easy to settle in.”

It’s certainly been a season like no other, so how did Kasey adapt?

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we had to adapt to playing much less than we normally would. There was a lot of training and gym work, but I feel that we were all able to use that time well to work on our strength & conditioning and our technical work. Hopefully, that will put us in a good place going into next year.

“You can’t just look at the negatives because you’ll drive yourself crazy. You have to use this time to your advantage and work on making yourself better so that you can push for a First Team place. It’s been a tough year, but it’s been a good benchmark and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Kasey was also encouraged by the number of young players who made an impact in the First XI this season.

“It’s been made quite clear that if you perform, you’ll get your chance,” he said. “We’ve seen that with the likes of Lewis Goldsworthy and Will Smeed doing so well. Hopefully, I can get my chance as soon as possible.”

What were his highlights of 2020?

“The Under 19 World Cup was really good and that was probably the main highlight for me. It was also just really good to be able to be around the people that you’ve looked up to for so long and being able to see how they go about their life and not just cricket. There’s also a huge amount that goes on behind the scenes here which you don’t normally get to see.”

What does Kasey hope to achieve in 2021?

“I want to put in some good performances throughout pre-season and in the Second XI and spend some time out on the pitch. Then I want to push for a First Team spot.”

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