Tom discusses "awesome" Australian experience

Tom Lammonby is one of the Somerset players who has just returned from Australia where he spent the winter playing for Perth based side Rockingham Mandurah.

“Being out in Australia was an awesome experience for me and I enjoyed my five months out there very much,” he said when we spoke to him upon his return. “Spending that amount of time away on my own was a great learning experience from both a cricketing perspective and life in general.

“It was great being able to play out on the grass all winter and play against some of the best players in the WACA competitions, including Cameron Bancroft.

“It was different playing out in Australia because they use a Kookaburra ball that doesn’t swing as much and probably nips off the seam a little bit more. The wickets were a bit tougher than I was expecting, and generally I found them to be a bit slow and low, which wasn’t what I was anticipating. That provided me with a different test.

“At the start of my time over there I was in a bit of form and I found it frustrating that I didn’t get to bat every week. You can get a few runs and then not bat for several weeks, but I suppose that is another challenge. You have to ensure that you make the most of your opportunity and when you do get to bat, you have to make sure that you are there for a long time and make the runs count.”

The 19-year-old explained that being an overseas player at the club brought additional pressures.

“I found myself sometimes getting 20 or 30 but as an overseas player you’re expected to make those match winning performances and see the game home for your team. I felt like I did this to some extent, but there was pressure to perform in every game, and you are expected to be the one to win the game for your team.

“I’m hoping to bring that expectation on me every time I bat or bowl back here and to try and do my best for the team and win us games. You don’t want to be thinking that someone will come in after you and score a century or take five wickets and win the game.

“It’s about having that onus on yourself to put in performances and win games when you can.

“The nice thing about being an all rounder is that if you don’t perform with the bat there is the opportunity to perform with the ball. That’s a luxury, but it can also be hard work too.”

How does Tom feel about the forthcoming season?

“Last season I got to play in all of the Vitality Blast games, which was more than I expected. Although it ended in a disappointing fashion it was brilliant for me. I’m trying not to over think this coming season, but I want to make the most of whatever comes my way.

“The Hundred will provide the lads who don’t play so much with the opportunity to show the crowd here what they are capable of, so hopefully we can put together some good results and get to the Royal London Cup final again.”

Tom added: “Last year in the Second XI Trophy semi-final against a strong Durham side we had all Academy players in our team with nobody aged above 22. We gave them a real test and that’s a sign of things to come this year, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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