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Tom heads Down-Under

Somerset Club Captain, Tom Abell has flown out to Western Australia to play Grade Cricket for Fremantle, where he has spent two winters previously.

Before he left these shores we spoke to him about what the winter has in store.

“It’s all come about pretty quickly for me,” he said. “After the short break I feel ready to get back playing. Initially I have a month out in Freemantle, before I come back home for Christmas and then I head back out for six or seven weeks, so I will be back here for the start of March.”

What parts of his game is Tom looking to focus on while he is away?

“There are always things that you are looking to work on, and going away to play Grade Cricket represents a great opportunity for me to continue to develop and work at my game. It will give me the chance to put some things into practice in games as well.

“I’ve been out there a couple of times before and Fremantle is a phenomenal club with fantastic people, so that’s a big draw for me as well.

“I’ve had a couple of hits this week and now I’m looking to take my game onto that next level. I’m happy with where I am at the moment, but I’m always looking to get better. The same is true for my bowling and I want to continue to work on that as well.

“I think that there’s plenty of room for me to grow. In one-day cricket I’ve learned a great deal and my role of coming in at five also helped me as well.

“2017 didn’t go so well for me so I looked to strip things back and really try to nail the fundamentals. It was about getting myself into really good positions and ensuring that I was moving properly as well as working on my bat path. I’ve really seen the benefits of that this year.

“Hopefully I can find a few things out over the winter and come back better for it next summer.”

This season Tom has enjoyed success batting at number five, but looking ahead would he consider batting higher up the order?

“I haven’t really thought about that one too much,” he said. “We’re always having conversations about how we can get the best out of the team and obviously I’ve opened in the past. I was happy with how I went batting at five this year, but I’m not ruling out potentially moving up to the top of the order if that works better for the team, so we will just have to wait and see.

“I thought that the young guys who came in and batted up at the top of the order did well against high quality attacks. However, it’s all about getting the best combination for the team and about what’s going to give us the best chance of winning. We’re always looking to get better and we want to achieve what we just missed out on this year. Can we do that in 2019? We’ll have to wait and see.”

Tom also talked about being reunited with his team mates for the first week back of winter training.

“I absolutely loved it,” he said. “After a season together it’s hard being away from everyone. They are a great group of guys and we enjoy being around each other. After a month or so off it’s been great to see those faces.

“It’s also been great to have Jack Brooks around so that we can properly welcome him into the fold. Although about only half of the guys are around it’s been awesome to see everyone.”

Finally, Tom will find himself up against some of his Somerset team mates who are also playing Grade Cricket in the Perth area this winter, about which he said:

“I think we are playing Tom Banton’s team on the first weekend that I’m out there which will be interesting. We then play Ben Green’s side later in their summer, so there will be a bit of keen competition and I’ll be looking to put one over on them that’s for sure!”

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