Young all rounder Tim Rouse, who is on a Somerset Scholarship, has been spending time at Desert Springs in south east Spain with the Tom Maynard Academy.
The 19 year, old who hails from Bath, is in his second year at Cardiff University and flew out with the rest of the Academy members last Thursday.
On Tuesday evening Tim talked about how things have been going so far for him. “I’m really enjoying my time out here,” he said. “We have a programme of training for two days and then one day off. Training days include nets and fielding for around three hours in the morning, and then strength & conditioning with Dean Conway in the afternoons. On our days off there are S&C sessions and then golf on one of the nicest courses I’ve ever played on!
“The nets over here are brilliant. They’re not the quickest which is good considering the conditions back in England, especially in the early season. I have got a chance to do plenty of batting and bowling which is great preparation for pre-season in a few weeks, especially facing bowlers outside and thinking more about how I will actually approach match situations rather than thinking mostly about my technique.”
Tim went on: “I have mainly worked with Matt Maynard on my batting, however all the coaches have given great input on my skills. Having a chat with Paul Nixon about playing spin today was very helpful.”
Summing up Tim said: “Coming on the Tom Maynard Academy Tour has been a great experience so far, and I am sure it will help me in the 2016 season. The cricket here is a bit more intense than at Cardiff, training most days and training outside before most people will have thought about training outside can only have been helpful for me.
“As it has been a predominantly white ball tour, I have had the chance to develop my one-day game and have a real focus on how I will approach one-day and T20 matches which I never really do until before the season.
“I went to South Africa before last season with Cardiff MCCU. That was mostly match focuses, so this has been different to that but given that it is earlier on in the year I have been glad to get a chance to do so much training rather than play matches.”