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Tom enjoying his time away

It’s been a busy winter so far for Club Captain, Tom Abell.

The 26-year-old is currently in Abu Dhabi having recently helped Delhi Bulls to the final of the Abu Dhabi T10 and he will soon be heading to Pakistan for the PSL.

We spoke to him earlier today to find out how he’s getting on.

“I didn’t really know what to expect because I’d never experienced T10 before,” he explained. “But I’ve had a fantastic two weeks. I feel like I’ve taken a huge amount from it, particularly when it comes to my white-ball batting. I was part of a team with some of the best white-ball cricketers in the world and it was quite an eye-opening experience. The skill level in the competition was incredibly high, so to be mixing it with those guys was fantastic for me.”

Tom played an important role for the Bulls after his 23 not out from 11 balls helped his side to a five-wicket win over Northern Warriors to secure a place in the final.

“That felt really good,” he said. “I felt a little bit nervous as I was waiting to bat because you don’t have any time to get in and you have to go from ball one. To get a boundary away early on helped me to feel a little bit more at ease and it was nice to be able to help get the side over the line and make a contribution.

“I feel that we fully deserved our place in the final, but unfortunately we just didn’t quite turn up on the day. We came up against a quality team full of quality players and in a 10 over game there just isn’t the opportunity to rebuild. It just didn’t quite happen for us on the day and that can happen in short format cricket. Despite the disappointment it was great to be involved in a game of that magnitude, and to come up against someone like Nicholas Pooran certainly opens your eyes to just how good some of these players are.”

Does Tom think that he will be a better player because of this experience?

“We had some great players in our team, and it’s import to try and learn from them. The biggest thing that I will take away from this experience is what it has done for my confidence. To help the team over the line against Northern Warriors in that last qualifying game was pretty big for my own self-belief. I’d like to think that this experience will make me a better player. I was pleased with how I was hitting the ball in training and then being able to implement that in games was particularly pleasing for me.”

What is Tom up to next?

“I have a few days off in Abu Dhabi this week and then we head to Pakistan for the PSL. There will be a few days of quarantine and then three or four days of training before the tournament gets underway. As an overseas player you’re competing for four slots against some of the best players in the world. That’s my challenge and that’s what I’ve got to press for. I have to earn the right to get into the team and it’s a great competition to be a part of. If I get the opportunity, I just have to take it and hopefully we can have a little bit of success. I should be there until mid-March and then my focus will shift to pre-season with Somerset and the start of the Championship campaign.”

Tom has been keeping a close eye on what has been happening back home, including the announcement of this year’s fixtures.

“I’m the sort of player who is looking forward to the start of the next season a couple of days after the last one has finished,” he said. “It’s an exciting time when the fixtures come out. You start looking at it in detail to see who you’re playing and when. Obviously, it’s great being away and having these incredible opportunities, but I do miss the Club and everyone who works there. I’m looking forward to getting back and I’m really excited about the season ahead. It’s no secret how much I love representing Somerset and I can’t wait for the start of the new season.”

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