“It’s been incredibly valuable”: Players return from Abu Dhabi

The Somerset players and coaching staff are heading back to the UK after completing their training camp in Abu Dhabi.

Last week’s T20 competition was followed by several days of red-ball practice and a two-day match against Essex.

Just before boarding the ‘plane, we caught up with Head Coach, Jason Kerr to get his view on how the trip went.

“I don’t think the last two weeks could have gone much better from a preparation point of view,” he said. “I think we applied ourselves really well with the bat and the players got a good amount of time in the middle against quality opposition in different formats. The bowlers set a really good tone as well, and in terms of an exercise leading into the first game, it’s been incredibly valuable.

“Lots of players made valuable contributions during all the matches, and there’s already good competition for places ahead of the start of the season. The key is to be physically and mentally ready and this last two weeks has certainly put us in a good place is that regard.”

What does the return to England have in store for the players?

“We’ll be practicing and training back in Taunton this week and then it’s day one of our warm up game against Exeter University at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Sunday. Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us, and we can get what we need to out of the next week or so ahead of that trip to Canterbury.”