Tom looking forward to India trip

Somerset Club Captain Tom Abell is heading to India in the next few days.

The 23 year old will be joining the Somerset Academy players who are going to Mumbai to experience ten days playing in very different conditions.

Ahead of the trip Tom said: “I couldn’t really believe my luck when I was asked to accompany the Academy players and I jumped at the opportunity. It will be an incredible experience to play and train in India, where the love for cricket is unparalleled. It will also be a great opportunity to develop from a personal point of view.

“Hopefully me being there will benefit the Academy boys and I am sure that I can learn something from them too. I think it will benefit everyone involved and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in over there. They are a great group and there are some seriously talented cricketers in that bunch.

“The work we have been doing indoors at the Cooper Associates County Ground has been fantastic so far. All the players are getting a lot out of it and we all feel like we are growing our games but you can’t bat for six or seven hours a day outside in England at the moment, so I’m looking forward to that. It’s always nice to be able to practice outside on grass because that’s the best way to test your skills.

“You can learn a lot about yourself on a trip like this and that’s what I’ll be looking to do for sure. The love for cricket in India is incredible so I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in that culture and I think we will all gain a huge amount from this experience.”

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr also believes that everyone involved will benefit from this trip. “When the opportunity arose for a senior player to accompany the Academy it was felt that Tom would be the perfect fit,” he said. “Tom is captain of the Club and is an outstanding leader. The way he conducts himself is outstanding and the Academy players will get a chance to see how he goes about his business first hand. He will provide them with an opportunity to see how we behave, how we train and how we look to get better on a daily basis.¬†They’ll be able to pick his brains and I’m sure he’ll learn a thing or two from them as well.

“He’ll get the opportunity to bat outside for several hours a day on challenging surfaces, which can only be of benefit. Tom has put a huge amount of work in to his game this winter and this can finish that off nicely before we start pre-season.”

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