Tim raring to go on his return to Taunton

Tim Groenewald is back at the Cooper Associates County Ground after spending five months of  the winter in South Africa.

The 34-year-old, who signed an extension to his contract with Somerset in January, has taken almost 200 wickets in all formats of the game, as well as scoring runs at vital times since joining from Derbyshire in 2014.

On returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground, Tim said: “It always feels good to be back here in Taunton and to have the chance to catch up with everyone. I had a really good winter away and enjoyed the time I had in the sun, but now I’m fresh and ready to go for the new season. It’s been really good to have had time with everyone and to get stuck in. Now all of the guys are really buzzing and ready to go.”

Regarding the marquee that the Somerset squad have been training in for a number of weeks, Tim said: “ This is the first time that I’ve ever played in a marquee. Everybody is enjoying it and the wickets are playing really well, which is all we could ask for.

“The mood in the camp is really good and everyone’s very excited about the season ahead. The guys have bought into everything that the new management are trying to introduce.

“I was really happy to sign my contract extension because this is a great time to be at the Club and there are some really talented guys around. I think that we’ve been building for quite a while now and we’ve shown glimpses of what we are capable of and what we can achieve as a team and a squad. Now it’s just about putting that together and getting it right early enough in the season.

“We’ve shown that we can beat any side on any given day and we cover a lot of bases. We’ve got a really good seam and spin attack and have got some really good batters. It’s about starting well and hitting the ground running come that first Championship game and making sure that we get off to a good start.

“If we can do this and be well placed come the middle of the season, then I think that we’ll be there or there abouts!”

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