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Eddie looks back on successful winter

Eddie Byrom has just returned from a five-month spell in Western Australia where he enjoyed considerable success playing for Fremantle, helping his side to win the Western Australia T20 competition.

We caught up with the 22-year-old left hander this week to discuss his time Down Under.

“It’s always great to be back here in Taunton and catch up with everyone,” he said. “It just gets you really excited looking forward to the new season and what lies ahead, so I’m buzzing.

“I’ve been away for almost five months and Australia was another new place for me to see. I absolutely loved the experience I had out there. Fremantle is such a great club to spend time at.

“Tom Abell has been there in previous years and he spoke to me about what to expect before I went. My time there really surpassed all of my expectations and the experience was invaluable to me.

“We won the T20 Cup, which was great and we played at the WACA in Perth under lights. That was great and we had all of our state players in our team.

“The standard of cricket at Fremantle was really high and we had a strong team. For me playing out there was a very good challenge, which I really enjoyed.”

How does Eddie feel that his time with Fremantle has helped his game?

“Going away is great because you are in a different environment and you get to play on different pitches against new opposition. I also think that being an overseas player means that you are expected to lead in certain capacities. Being asked to do that was a new role for me. I was really learning how to take ownership of every part of my game and also to have to win games. To be at the core of what was going on was great for me.

“I think that I got a lot of confidence from being away for such a long time. As the overseas professional I had to teach the younger players things and be at the forefront of ideas and thinking. That forces you to do that not only for the team and others but also for yourself.

“You have to make sure that you are thinking clearly and do what others have done for you in the past. That was great for me. I also think that being away makes you become more accountable as a person and you grow up a little bit more.

“I certainly think that I’ve developed a lot as a player during my time away, and if the chance came up for me to return to Fremantle I would be delighted to go back.”

Looking ahead to this summer, Eddie said: “At the start of the season the main focus for me will obviously be the County Championship. With Tres retiring there will be a vacancy in the line up, but just because he has gone doesn’t guarantee his spot to anyone. We have got some very talented players at the Club.

“However, Tom Banton has been picked up in the IPL as well so that leaves another hole in the Championship team, so hopefully I will get my chance. Ideally I would like to open the batting, so if I can fill Tres’ role at the top of the order that’s what I’d prefer to do as a first choice, but Id be happy to slot in anywhere.

“What you learn in cricket is that a lot can happen very quickly. You work really hard to get an opportunity and then it’s about taking it. If you do that then you can progress quite quickly.”

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