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Ollie back from Australia and raring to go

Ollie Sale spent two months in Australia over the winter.

The 24-year-old made the most of his time out there and he was regularly able to train on grass.

“I was out in Sydney where I was training with the Sixers for the second half of the Big Bash and also with New South Wales,” he explained. “I was net bowling for the Sixers at people like Steve Smith and all the big names. Having conversations with them was a really cool experience. They were really nice to me and asked me to go along on game days and whenever I wanted to. When the Big Bash was finished, I bowled at New South Wales as well.”

Ollie played his way through the Devon youth system before joining the Somerset Academy from where he graduated in 2014.

He also played club cricket for Exeter from 2014 to 2016

He spent three years at Newcastle University which limited his availability for the Club, but he made his debut for Somerset in 2016 in a T20 match at Hampshire.

Ollie has been unlucky with injury over the past few years as he explained. “I’ve suffered a few back injuries which has been frustrating, but I got through last season all good and was in the squads for most of the T20s. Hopefully now with all of the work that I’ve been doing I’ve put myself in with a very good chance of playing some cricket this year.

“I’m all good and ready to roll. We had our fitness tests and all the boys are looking in good shape. It’s frustrating for everyone that we can’t start putting that into practice out on the pitch, but everyone understands that there are bigger issues to deal with at the moment.

“I don’t really count that T20 match back in 2016 as my debut because it was very much a match to blood the youngsters and I’d just returned from back surgery. We were already out of the competition, so it was just about giving a few of us youngsters an opportunity.

“Since then things have come on massively and it’s been a really exciting journey which I’ve enjoyed very much. I feel like I’ve done everything I can to put myself into the position to play in the first T20 this year.”

Regarding him winning one of the two heats in the yo-yo test during pre-season training, Ollie said: “With such a fit squad you have to keep on working hard. Everyone is pushing each other to get fitter and stronger. The culture within the Club is really good and everyone behind the scenes is working to make sure that we are challenging ourselves to get better.”

How are players going to cope with a delayed start to the season?

“We just have to be patient of course as there are bigger things going on. We have to appreciate that it’s not about the cricket. We want to be playing as soon as possible, but it’s more important that everyone stays safe and well at the moment.”

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