Glamorgan's Robert Croft has promised a different outcome when the Dragons start their Twenty20 campaign.
Glamorgan captain Robert Croft has promised a different outcome this season
when the Dragons start their Twenty20 campaign tonight at Northants. The Dragons
won only one of their five matches in the inaugural season of the competition
last season as they struggled to adapt to the shorter version of the game.
Glamorgan are riding high at the moment at they lie in second place in Division
Two of the championship and top the totesport League Division one table. Croft
is looking to transfer Glamorgan's successful start in championship and one-day
cricket on to the Twenty20 stage. "We were disappointed by our performances
last season and we are not in the habit of giving up trophies easily,"
"The poor performances last season hit us hard and confidence was dented.
But the guys have had a year's experience and it is important that whatever
happens in the Twenty20 does not affect us in the 45-over game. If it does then
it is weakness from the players and I won't accept it."
"We have got to sit down and look at how we are going to approach the competition.
You might see a change in the batting for Twenty20 and I might drop down the
order. I like to give our best batsmen like Matthew Maynard and Mike Powell
the chance to bat in 20 overs, and Ian Thomas will also come into the equation
as an opener."
Croft admitted that the Twenty20 game was a difficult test for bowlers. "Bowling
is a bit of a lottery and the skilful artists will shine through," said
the former England off-spinner. You have to be flexible and inventive and show
different variations because batsmen do tend to line you up. It seems the bar
is raised every year."
Glamorgan start their campaign tonight at Northampton before travelling to Somerset
next Monday. The two home matches will be held at Sophia Gardens against Warwickshire
and Gloucestershire on July 8 and 14 before the Dragons finish their group at
Worcestershire on July 15.
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