Tom heading home soon

Club Captain, Tom Abell is currently in Pakistan following the postponement of the PSL.

We spoke to him earlier this week to discuss what his plans are now.

“Obviously, it’s very disappointing that the competition was postponed,” he said. “But I think it was the right decision given that there were a number of positive cases. You can never be too careful when it comes to people’s health and wellbeing. Obviously, we all wanted to play and the fans were desperate to see the competition, but there is a duty of care to the players, staff and everyone involved in the competition, so I think that the right decision was taken in the end.

“From a personal point of view, it would have been nice to get an opportunity to get out on the field, but I still feel that there’s been plenty for me to take away from my experiences over the last couple of weeks. Even training with and being around these top players was brilliant. It was nice to see Tom and Lewis get their opportunity and Lewis in particular took his in that first game which was great to see.

“It’s been quite an eye-opening experience. The quality out here was seriously high, and the skill level of the bowlers was as good as I’ve seen. Being in that kind of environment can only push you as a player and I think that I’ll be coming back to Somerset a better player. Working with and facing these players in the nets over the last few weeks was great and that’s one of the reasons we play the game. We want to be facing the very best players so that we can improve our own game and develop. Being able to learn from these big-name players has been the biggest thing that I will take away from this experience.

“It’s also interesting to get an outside perspective on your game and to hear different philosophies around white-ball cricket. We are blessed that we have such incredible coaches at Somerset, and I have a great relationship with all of them, but it was interesting to see how different coaches operate.”

What was it like to walk in to a dressing room full of global superstars?

“I think the word I would use is surreal. You see all these guys playing on tv in world cups and international competitions, so to all of a sudden be immersed in that changing room was a bit strange, but the team environment was fantastic over here just like it was in the T10. The top players were really welcoming and they helped the new guys like myself integrate into the squad. It was really enjoyable to play and train with those guys and I can’t speak highly enough of the experiences that I’ve had this winter.

“I got on really well with Ben Dunk during my time here in Pakistan. I was quite drawn to his personality and how he goes about his cricket. He’s got a wealth of experience and he’s performed incredibly well in some of the best competitions in the world. He was really proactive when it came to helping me during training and helped me to work on my game. I spent quite a lot f time with him and tried to learn from him.”

Has Tom been keeping up to date with what’s been going on at the Cooper Associates County Ground?

“I’ve had a close eye on everything that’s been happening back at the Club and checking in with everyone to see how they are getting on. I’ve had nothing but good feedback regarding how training is going, and it sounds like the boys have really been putting a shift in during pre-season and there’s a great feeling around the place. There’s a really good energy around the Club at the moment and at this time of year everyone’s really keen to get outside. The season is just around the corner and it’s an exciting time for everyone.

“Obviously, I would have liked to make the most of this opportunity in the PSL but it’s no secret how passionately I feel about playing for Somerset and I want to prepare for the season as best as I possibly can. It’s something of a double-edged sword. Due to the unfortunate circumstances over here, I’ll be heading home a little bit sooner than originally planned which means that I can get back to training with the rest of the squad ahead of pre-season. I can’t wait to see everyone again.

“The season always seems to come around again so quickly and there’s a huge amount of excitement and optimism ahead of this summer. We’ve won a lot of cricket matches in the last couple of years without bringing home the amount of silverware that we’d hoped to. We are always looking to keep progressing as a team and hopefully we can start the summer well. The next few weeks are extremely important because they will lay the foundation for what is to come in the summer.”

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