Jim Allenby is preparing for his second year as a Somerset player and can’t wait for the action to get underway in 2016.
“I am really excited about the prospect of coming back,” he said. “I enjoyed captaining the side in the Royal London One-Day Cup last year and I felt that by the end of it we had just about got to where we wanted to be and how Matt and I hoped we would playing our cricket. I hope we can build some more momentum from where we were at the back end of last season in one-day cricket. I’d love to continue to carry on as skipper but if I have to play under somebody else then that’s fine by me too.
“I just look forward to playing one-day cricket especially at Taunton which is such a great place because the crowds we get are brilliant. Before Christmas the new season seems like it’s miles away, but it’s creeping closer now and with January you start to think it wont be long.”
Jim went on: “It’s a funny one for me because it’s the first season where I’m going to be coming back to a team where I’m not guaranteed a starting place unless I have a really good pre-season. Obviously batting for me in the County Championship wasn’t great last year so I have been working very hard on a couple of technical things that I need to do to make runs against better bowlers on pitches that are doing a bit. For me it’s been a big winter of deciding that I need to work on a few technical things to try and make sure I score a lot of runs early season to cement my spot in the side.
“It’s an exciting period at the Club with the number of high class younger players coming through. It means that we older guys are going to have to perform at a very high level to make sure we keep our spots and keep contributing to the team. We’ve got a huge amount of talent underneath the senior level which pushes us that little bit harder.”
Regarding the signing of fellow Australian Chris Rogers Jim said: “He’s a good fellow first up and a tough bloke. He is a very different sort of guy to Justin Langer but he will have just as big an impact. I know Justin went down very well at Somerset and people still talk about his time there, but Chris will have a really big influence on the squad, especially the batsmen. He will do it in a very different way but equally it will be similar messages about playing tough cricket and scoring massive runs and if he is around there will be no place for anything less than 100% commitment to try to win each day of cricket that we play.
“I’ve played with Chris before and absolutely loved it and I’ve known him quite a long time now. His record in the game speaks for itself. He’s very tough but a good honest bloke so I’m sure the players and the media are going to hear what he thinks and how he feels, which I think is pretty healthy. Chris is keen to get down to Taunton for the start of pre-season and it’s pretty exciting to have an overseas player who wants to get involved in pre-season and the build up. That’s the sort of guy Chris Rogers is and you can’t be much more positive than that. He is a good bloke and a very good player.”