Wayne Madsen praised the emergence of talented youngsters in 2017 and looked ahead to the next campaign and areas for the squad to improve.
The experienced batsman, who hit 526 T20 runs last season and topped the PCA Most Valuable Player rankings, believes the balance of the squad, boosted by young talent, has been a key factor in successes towards the end of the season.
He said: “We’ve got some great young talent coming through the ranks and breaking into the first team, such as Hamidullah Qadri and Callum Brodrick. They’ve got years to develop, but they are really talented cricketers.
“As a team we’ve shown great progress in the Twenty20 competition over last season, so we hope for exciting times ahead in that format.
“We’ve also improved in four-day cricket and had a few wins towards the end of the season which were pretty impressive. As a squad we’re starting to gel nicely and have a good balance between senior players and those youngsters coming through.”
He added: “Kim Barnett has come in and given the cricket aspect a bit of a shake up and made it more player-led. The senior players we’ve signed have also made a big impact.”
Looking ahead to 2018, the 33-year-old was pleased with the signing of Ravi Rampaul, but acknowledged that the Club is continuing its aim to strengthen the squad.
Madsen said: “We’ve just made a fantastic signing in Ravi Rampaul, he’s an internationally experienced bowler with great skills across all formats. I think we knew we needed to bring in another seamer and potentially an all-rounder as well.”
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