Madsen excited by Derbyshire's youngsters

Wednesday 23rd October 2019
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Written by Stephen Martin

Wayne Madsen is excited to see how Derbyshire’s current crop of young players develop with another season’s experience under their belt. 

The 2019 campaign saw the likes of Leus du Plooy and Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Harvey Hosein establish themselves as first-team regulars across multiple formats, with each producing a number of good performances throughout the season.

Madsen is looking forward to seeing how the players continue to improve throughout the 2020 season, and believes their potential is a big positive for the squad.

“I think one of the great things about our squad is that we have found some talented players who have had another year in first-class cricket,” Madsen said.

“Some of them are just starting off, and I think that really bodes well for us as a squad. We have got some really exciting young guys coming through and pushing the team forward.”

Madsen scored more than 1,500 runs across all formats for Derbyshire last season and was the club’s highest run-scorer in the 2019 Vitality Blast on their run to a maiden Finals Day appearance.

The batsman believes that there were plenty of positives for the club in 2019, but says the squad are looking to improve on their performances across all formats in 2020.

“I think there are a lot of positives to take from how we played last year,” he added.

“Our consistency levels improved and we competed in the majority of games. For us as a squad, that was extremely pleasing, to be getting over the line in games but there is certainly room for improvement.

“There were a couple of four-day games that we let slip, so we want to maintain that killer instinct, because if those results had gone the other way, we would probably be looking forward to be playing Division One cricket next year. So I think there is a lot to build on next season.”

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