All-rounder Matt Critchley says he is looking forward to being back on a cricket field ahead of his arrival in Sydney this week to begin his Overseas Placement.
The 21-year-old is one of eight players to be awarded a placement this winter, as part of the ECB men’s International Pathway set up and it will be the second time he competes in the New South Wales Premier competition.
He will also have the opportunity to train with the New South Wales State squad and receive specialist coaching from Stuart MacGill, who he rejoins after impressing last year under the stewardship of the former Australia spinner.
Critchley said: “Stuart [MacGill] is very experienced and he’s been there and done it. He’s been invaluable in developing my bowling, but also how I think about my game and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
Critchley enjoyed a good campaign with Derbyshire this summer, hitting 266 runs in the Specsavers County Championship, at an average of 38 with a top-score of 102 against Durham at Chesterfield. The powerful all-rounder also hit 245 runs in the Club’s record NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
He added: “All cricketers want to be out in the middle as much as they can to score runs and take wickets, so it’s a great opportunity to keep working on my game over the winter. There’s competition for places so you have to be on your game and that’s something which can only help when I return to Derbyshire.”
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