Ben Green back from Australia

Ben Green returned to the Cooper Associates County Ground last week after spending five months in Western Australia where he has been playing Grade Cricket.

After reporting back for pre-season training the 20-year-old all rounder, who played his way through the Devon age groups before signing a contract with Somerset after graduating from the Academy, said: “I must admit it feels like stepping into a freezer at the moment! Even though it’s been snowing, it’s great to be back and have the chance to catch up with everyone.

“It seems like I’ve been away for a long time, but it’s gone pretty quickly for me. I really enjoyed my time in Australia where I played for Gosnells. I met some amazing people and had some great experiences.”

During his time in Australia Ben played just as a batsman in order to allow his back to make a full recovery, which thankfully it now has.

“I wasn’t able to bowl whilst out in Australia,” he said. “However, I followed my rehab schedule with a view to being able to bowl back here. The scans say that my back is now fully healed. I’m currently coming in off half of my run up when I bowl, which I will be increasing in the hope that I can then bowl well all year.”

Ben scored over 500 runs for Gosnells, including a century about which he said: “I had a really good start to my time out there and leading up to Christmas I scored about 400 runs, which was great. Things dropped away a little bit afterwards and we didn’t manage to win as many games as we should have, but I really enjoyed it.

“It was a real sense of relief more than anything else and I was just happy that I scored a century because there is pressure on you as an overseas player. Everyone expects you to do well, so I was happy that I was able to.”

How did he find the standard of Grade Cricket?

“I would say that it’s better than the Devon Premier League but not as good as Somerset Second XI cricket,” he said. “Most sides have good opening bowlers and a couple of good batters and occasionally you get a superstar playing like Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner and Joel Harris.

“I spent a lot of time working on my gym and fitness programme as well as coaching five hours a week in the afternoons with the juniors at Gosnells.”

What was it like spending so much time away from home?

“My time away was made very easy for me because the family I was living with were just so welcoming and generous towards me. It almost felt like I was at home. They looked after me really well.

“Now I’m looking forward to getting back to training with the rest of the squad in the marquee, which I’ve heard a few good things about. It’s also not too cold in there either!”

What does Ben think that 2018 will hold for him?

“I’ve got to get my body right first, then I can bowl well and hopefully have a good season. I want to play some more First Team cricket in 2018, but before then I need to produce some performances in the Second XI and work my way up from there.”

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