1:50pm Thursday 2nd June 2011
HOPEFULLY, my hamstring injury is behind me now and that’s just in time for the start of the T20 competition (Hampshire faced Somerset in their opening match last night).
We had a couple of warm-up games on Tuesday and I came through so I’m hoping to be in contention for selection.
I was very disappointed to get injured, but that’s part of sport.
I scored 40 in 23 balls in the warm-up, but you never know what the coaches’ thinking is, or the team they want to put out so you just have to wait and see.
With only 40 overs of cricket in a T20 match, it isn’t too taxing on the body.
We haven’t made a very good start in either the County Championship or the 40-over competition this season, but as defending T20 champions, we are the team that the others want to beat.
T20 is an excellent format to play in and getting us away from the other two formats may be just the break we need to get our season going.
Hopefully the matches will bring in the crowds. T20 is such a lottery that you just need one or two things to come off and any team can win it.
Of course, the competition holds great memories for Hampshire after our win last year and that puts you up there to be shot at.
A lot of teams have signed some big guns to play in it this season and that’s understandable.
We’ve seen what some of these guys can do in international cricket so it’s exciting to have some of the world’s top players on board in English cricket for a while.
Finally, what a brilliant finish to the England’s Test match against Sri Lanka on Monday.
I think most people would have had that game down as a draw, but it shows you what can happen.
It was great to see former Hampshire player Chris Tremlett playing a big role in it and shows what a good side England have become.
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