All-rounder Ben Green, who made his NatWest T20 Blast debut for Somerset in 2016, is making a good recovery from the back injury that he suffered later on in the season.
The 19 year old, who came through the Devon age groups and signed a three-year contract after graduating from the Somerset Academy, has spent the winter working on his rehab to make sure that he is fit for the start of what will be his first season as a full time professional cricketer.
“Things are going really well with my recovery,” he said when we spoke to him this week. “I’m on schedule so I’m feeling good. I had another scan recently and that showed that everything is now normal so I’m hopefully on track. This means that I can now start getting back into my batting and I can also start some bowling drills as well as doing all the gym and fitness work. I’m nearly back to running at full speed and then I’ll start to build up my running loads as well.”
In the spring Ben will be joining the rest of the Somerset squad for their pre-season training camp at Desert Springs in Spain but before that he has just found out that he will be travelling somewhere else in the sun.
“I’ve just found out from Matt Maynard that I’ll be going on the Somerset Academy trip to India. It’s a batting camp so that suits me down to the ground! I think Louie Shaw going off with the England Under 19′s freed up a space, so I’m delighted to be invited and that’s for 10 days starting on February 8th. This will really help me and hopefully I can also help some of the others whilst I am out there as well. I’m then back for about a week after that and then it’s off to Desert Springs with the rest of the squad, so it couldn’t have worked out better for me.”
Has the young all rounder come to terms with the fact that his day time job is now playing cricket for a living? “It still feels a little bit strange to think of coming to Taunton to train as my job now,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of competition for places once we start to get nearer to the start of the season but hopefully I can do as well as I can and take the opportunities when they come. I like to think of myself as a genuine all rounder and would like to be able to be picked as both a batter or as a bowler. Eventually I would like to think that I might get to bat between number four or seven, but it’s going to be about building blocks and taking things as they come.”
Ben added: “All of my dreams are starting to come true and it’s all very exciting. It’s all happening quicker than I thought it would, but I’m really enjoying it and this is a great place to be. It’s a dream job for me.”