While the locally based players have been working back at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, all rounder Michael Leask has been back home in Aberdeen and training with his Scotland team-mates.
When we caught up with him earlier this week Michael said: “I took a couple of weeks off after the end of the season for some rest and recovery, but since then I have been heavily involved with the Scotland squad preparing for our trip to Dubai on January 5th, where we are taking part in a T20 tournament against seven other associate members.
“I’ve been attending Scotland training three days a week in Edinburgh with the rest of the squad. It’s a two-hour drive for me from where I live in Aberdeen and I usually stay over one night to make it easier.”
What else has he been doing? “I play a bit of golf,” he said. “I play off a handicap of 18 which is a pretty fair reflection of my game.”
Reflecting on his 2016 season he said: “Last summer was a bit of a mixed bag for me because the Second Team stuff went really well but when I got put into the First Team it didn’t quite happen for me, and that is my focus for 2017. I was really happy with how I played in the Second XI and put in some really good performances over the season but I didn’t really quite hit it in the Firsts which was a bit disappointing for me. This is what I have been working on in the winter, so hopefully I can come back and do better this coming year.”
Michael played in both the Second XI Trophy and T20 Finals in 2016 about which he said: “Personally and for the team it was disappointing not to have won, but the team had a fantastic run in both competitions and they were brilliant all the year.”
The Scotsman added: “I will be going to my sister’s for Christmas along with the whole of my family and of course I will be wearing my tartan trousers!”