Press Conference video

Somerset County Cricket Club held an official press conference last week.

The event enabled Director of Cricket Andy Hurry and Head Coach Jason Kerr to formally meet the press for the first time since taking up their new roles.

They also took the opportunity to announce that Tom Abell will once again captain the County in 2018.

The press conference was broadcast live via Twitter but if you missed it, here is the event in full:

This was the first time that Andy Hurry and Jason Kerr had met the press since being appointed as Somerset’s new Director of Cricket and Head Coach respectively.

Hurry, who returns to Taunton after three years as the Head of the England Development Programme for the ECB and Kerr, who was previously Assistant Coach at Somerset, both have a long association with the Club and a complete understanding of the culture that exists within and about the place.

Regarding how it felt to be back at the Club Andy said: “There are one or two new faces since I was last here but walking back into the environment, it was very encouraging that a number of things haven’t changed.

“Most importantly are the values and beliefs of the Club and they haven’t changed. When I walked in here on day one it was clear that the work ethic was fantastic, which is pleasing to me. It’s good to see that those beliefs and values are driven by the staff and really embraced by the players.

“I have got a long history with the Club and Somerset is in my DNA. You can see by the fire in the players’ eyes when they are in the gym and when you watch them training.

“When I was previously here we were competitive and got ourselves into winning positions but didn’t get over the line. There are still players here who have got that experience and now it’s about getting into that position again and crossing that line and being successful.”

Hurry described the Player Pathway at Somerset, which has produced the likes of Craig and Jamie Overton, Dom Bess, Tom Abell and Lewis Gregory in the current squad as ‘the lifeline of the club’. “It is the secret to the success of this Club,” he said. “Developing our own from within Somerset and our neighbours in the West Country is vital. We are passionate about ensuring that we give those guys an opportunity. We have seen a number of players come through the system and now have an impact on the first team results.”

Jason Kerr then talked about his new role as Head Coach at Somerset. “It’s been pretty seamless as we have worked together before. Andy and myself have spent a lot of time discussing things. Traditionally we haven’t started very well, so this year we have been looking at ways we can address that.

“In our pre-season games we will be playing all three formats and that gives a great opportunity to the guys because there is a lot of competition in the squad. Hopefully this will create the intensity and we will be ready for the first game.”

This year Somerset will not be venturing overseas as part of their pre-season, but will instead work indoors in an air-conditioned marquee that will be erected on the Brewhouse side of the ground. “The first Specsavers County Championship game is here against Worcestershire, so the conditions we are going to practice on will be exactly the same, so we can’t ask for better.”

Regarding the players on the staff Jason said: “Our squad may be young in age but they have played a lot of cricket and have got a lot of experience under their belts. I’m really excited about the players we’ve got on the staff because they are incredibly talented.”

Regarding the appointment of Tom Abell as Royal London One-Day Cup Captain Jason said: “Tom led the team brilliantly and grew in that capacity and I see him going from strength the strength. When we appointed him last year it wasn’t a short term fix but a journey we would be going on and if we look back and see how much he has grown in that short time then it only bodes well for the future.

“Tom epitomizes what we believe as a philosophy of what we want to do as a Club and he will drive that forward brilliantly.”

Regarding his appointment Tom said: “Captaining the side in the Royal London One-Day Cup will be a huge thing for me. I believe I can bring something to the side.

“Last year was a massive learning curve for me and that experience will stand us in good stead going forward. I had a difficult season but had some fantastic people around me in what were tough times. However, towards the back end of the season I felt the things I had learned really came to the fore. Despite the disappointments of last year we have got a fresh start this year.

“I love playing all of the formats because they bring different challenges. I look at the side and the players we have got and it is really exciting.”

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