Somerset opening batsman Tom Abell will be spending this winter in Australia after being selected for an overseas placement as part of the England International Pathway initiative.
The scheme will see a number of young players going to Perth, Adelaide or Wellington, where the emphasis will be on developing their independence as well as their cricketing skills.
During his time in Australia Tom will be keeping us up to date with what he is doing by supplying us with a Winter Diary. Here is part one:
“I’ve been out here in Perth for just over a week now and so far things have gone pretty well. I am playing for Fremantle again this year and having made the grand final last year, there is a great buzz and atmosphere about the whole club and an optimism that we can go one better this year.
I was thrown in at the deep end a little bit as I landed last Friday and then was playing on Saturday and Sunday! It was nice to get straight into it with the lads and get two wins in a weekend. I wish I could blame a lack of runs on jet lag, but I felt pretty good! We started off with an incredible win against one of the stronger sides, Joondalup, with a teammate from Taunton CC a couple of years ago, Chris Davenport, scoring an incredible hundred off 70 balls!
After this weekend’s round of games, we are sitting on top of the ladder with three wins from three. It is now into two-day cricket, played over two weekends so hopefully we can carry the momentum through to the two-day games.
The lads and everyone at Fremantle have been awesome ever since my arrival and little has changed from last year. They are a great bunch of people and that was a big reason for me wanting to head back to the same club for the off season.
I have just started getting back into training during the weeks as I always like to try and keep fit and in good touch. Training is a little tougher in such heat but I enjoy the challenge of it out here. It’s slightly different this year without Lewis and Leachy, but there are three other English lads out here training with Neil “Noddy” Holder as well, so it’s good to be able to train with guys in a similar position. I have had a couple of sessions with Noddy and I can understand why he has such a good reputation, so I’m hoping to come back a better player for the 2017 season.”
Tom made 40 from 54 balls for Fremantle last week against Midland-Guildford in their Western Australia First Grade match and followed that up this week by making 77 against University CC.