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Roelof's very different winter

At this time of year Roelof van der Merwe is usually traveling all over the world playing in white-ball competitions and representing The Netherlands.

However, the winter of 2020 is going to be very different for the 35-year-old as he explained when we caught up with him this week.

“It’s certainly going to be a lot different this year,” he said. “Normally I’m away for about three months during the winter, so it’s a massive change for me. It’s a bit of an adjustment for me but I’m enjoying being able to train and get ready for next season.

“Normally I’m playing for about 10 or 11 months of the year, so it’s taking a bit of getting used to. 2020 has been such a strange year but hopefully things will be back to normal in 2021 and we can all experience the things that we want to. It would be great if we could get the fans back in.”

Roelof is determined to take the positives from the current situation.

“It’s important to take the positives. There are some counties that are still on furlough so I think that puts us one step ahead of them. We’re refining our skills already and hopefully that will put us in a strong place next season.

“We’ll now be spending much more time together over the winter and that will give us the chance to learn more about each other,” he said. “That can only be a good thing and will definitely be beneficial for us as a team as we head towards 2021.

“The culture of the Club is something that we’ve spoken about a lot, and it’s certainly something that we can refine during the winter. We’ve already had some good conversations about how we can move forward and that can only help us going in to next season.

“The guys have handled all the challenges of 2020 really well and everyone is turning up for training with a good attitude and positive intent and there’s a good spirit here.”

After losing out to Essex in the County Championship and the Bob Willis Trophy in the last two seasons, Roelof is determined to go one better next year.

“The disappointment we felt after missing out in the Bob Willis Trophy final was huge. When you look at how we’ve played over the last few years we’ve been consistently good. The guys are playing well and I’m sure that if we all believe, that success will come.”

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