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Jason looks back fondly on Lions Experience

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr has been speaking to the ECB Reporters Network of his time working with the England Lions in Australia during the winter.

Kerr was part of the coaching team led by Gloucestershire’s Richard Dawson, who helped the Lions to a 3-0 one-day series win against Cricket Australia and New South Wales XIs and a first-ever victory over Australia A in a four-day game at the MCG.

The six-week tour proved hugely valuable for the 46-year-old Lancastrian, who has returned with a growing belief about his ability to one day operate at the top level of the game.

“I am very ambitious and would certainly like to be involved in international cricket at some time in the future,” said Kerr.

“It was great for me to work with coaches such as Richard Dawson, Jonathan Trott and Bruce French, as well as with a lot of very talented players from around the country.

“I also spent time with some Australian coaches, such as Chris Rogers, and definitely learned things I can apply to my work with Somerset.

“But the experience also reinforced my belief that we are doing things the right way at the club. I just set out to work in the same way as I do at Taunton and pick things up along the way.

“It was a great challenge to have to build new relationships with players of varying experience I hadn’t worked with before.

“I deliberately focussed on the ones I didn’t know and it was a brilliant test for me. Everything went well and I feel I have come back with my coaching skills considerably enhanced.”

Somerset were well represented in the Lions squad, with Lewis Gregory captain and Tom Abell, Dom Bess and Craig Overton also involved.

Jamie Overton also went on the tour to train while completing his rehabilitation from an ankle operation at the end of last season.

“Unfortunately, Lewis picked up a calf strain, which ended his tour early, but Tom, Craig and Dom all played in the landmark win over Australia A,” said Kerr.

“Our fielding coach Paul Tweddle also worked with the Lions earlier in the winter and it is a measure of how Somerset are currently regarded in the county game that we had such a strong representation.

“Jamie Overton worked incredibly hard while not taking part in the matches and would have been ready had the county season started on time.”

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