Johann Myburgh has been spending the winter in South Africa preparing for the new season.
We caught up with him this week to find out what he’s been up to.
“The first part of the winter was pretty relaxing,” he said. “There wasn’t much cricket going on as I continued the rehab on the injury that I picked up towards the end of the season. I didn’t really start playing again properly until January but I’m feeling good. I’m playing for the Christian Brothers College Old Boys at the moment who play in the Premier League in Pretoria. We’ve played a few T20′s and I managed to get a few runs which was nice. I managed to get a 60 and a 30 as well as a couple of wickets so I’m pleased with how that’s gone. We’ve also been playing some 50 over and 60 over cricket.”
Johann picked up his injury just as he appeared to have cemented himself in to the First XI which was extremely disappointing for the amiable 35 year old. “It was very frustrating. I played with the injury for a few weeks and tried to strap it and things but in the end I had another fall and that meant that it was too bad to play with. I’ve done a lot of rehab and strength stuff over the last few months and it’s been fine in the games that I’ve played. Obviously Daz (Darren Veness, Somerset CCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) has been keeping me on my toes. He’s been emailing a lot to see how I’m getting on. He’s really good and when I do what he says I usually come back in really good condition.”
Johann made a mark for the Club in the shorter form of the game last year with some impressive performances. “The NatWest T20 Blast was nice for me last season,” he said. “I’ve had to wait a while for my opportunity at the top of the order in white ball cricket but I really enjoyed it. It’s what I like to do. It’s a side of my game that not many people at Somerset will have seen.”
When can we expect him back in Taunton? “I’ll be back in time to head out on the pre-season tour which I’m sure all the guys are looking forward to. It will be good to get together and plan how we are going to play our cricket this year. Then we have a few friendlies and we should be able to hit the ground running.”
How does he go about his preseason preparation? “I think every player is different. I like to take a bit of a break and then start off slowly and gradually increase the work load as I get closer to the season. That way by the time we get to February and March I am all ready for the start in April. I’m lucky that I can train in the sun in South Africa during the winter and play on grass rather than indoors in the nets.”
What does he hope the Club can achieve this season? “I hope that we reach our true potential. There is so much potential in the squad and I am sure that a few of them will go on to play for England. I really hope that we can play some smart cricket and it’s every professional sportsman’s dream to win trophies. From a personal point of view I want to be a regular member of the starting XI in all forms of the game. All the guys know that I love the short format and hopefully I can get in to the top order and be explosive. As a cricketer you always want to play a final at Lord’s and get to Finals Day. Those are the sorts of things that you remember for the rest of your life so I would love for my performances to be able to help us get there.”