Somerset’s Michael Leask is glad to be preparing for the start of the new season at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The 25 year old Scotland International has joined Somerset ahead of the new campaign and is keen to get started. “It’s nice to finally be here,” he said. “Obviously with it being my first season, I’m hoping to just try and break in to the first team. I know it’s a really good squad here so breaking in to the First XI would be a massive achievement for me. Obviously my goal has to be to try and break in to the first team but if I can’t do that I want to have a really good year for the seconds.”
How did he end up in Taunton? “Matt Maynard was over with Scotland doing a coaching and batting camp last year and he came up to me and we had a long chat which ended up with him inviting me down to Somerset. I came down last year and had a trial here and met Adam Hose and Max Waller. I got on really well with them and it’s nice to know a few of the faces around the Club other than just Josh Davey.”
The all rounder who bowls off spin and bats in the middle order hopes that his international experience can help him in his new career at Somerset. “I’ve played for Scotland since I was 22 so I’ve got three or four years under my belt with them which has been a really exciting time,” he said. “But I see this as a new start for me. I would say that one-day cricket and T20 cricket are probably my stronger suits at the moment but obviously I’m really keen to work on my four-day game. Hopefully I can work my way in to the one-day and T20 squads and then we’ll see what happens.”