As this week’s County Championship game with Durham showed, I am in good form with the bat at the moment.
It isn’t something you can take for granted though, because things can change very quickly in cricket.
Sometimes you can be too confident when you go out there, expecting a century every time. It is important for me that I stick to the basics because a good ball or a good catch could be just around the next corner.
I want to be going in there and going big because that is what the England selectors look at.
That isn’t something in the front of my mind at the moment though, I just want to be scoring runs and playing my part in winning games for Yorkshire.
Looking at the England set-up, I believe that Peter Moores’ appointment as England coach is a good one, I’m sure he will do very well alongside Paul Farbrace.
Peter has done a great job with Lancashire and he is somebody that knows county cricket inside out.
He isn’t somebody I know too well apart from when I have played against Lancashire and also Sussex, during his time down there.
He was also the academy director when I was with England under-19s and he came across as a really nice guy.
I think England will be in very good hands.
On a more local level, it is sad to see a number of clubs folding in and around our area.
Money could play a large part in this because it is an expensive game to play.
You need the finances in place to run a club and if you don’t get the help of sponsorship then it can be very difficult.
Balls, kit and the equipment to play the games costs so much. I’m fortunately sponsored by Gunn and Moore, but when you have to go and buy a bat it can cost between £300 and £400.
Also younger people don’t want to be playing too far away on a Saturday because they want to get back home and socialise, which you can’t blame them for.
I was a little different when I was younger because it was all about playing at the highest level for me.
I had the ambition to push on in the game, so I wasn’t bothered if I was travelling all over Yorkshire as a youngster and not playing too much of a part.
Fortunately I believe that my old club Scarborough will always flourish as a club and the players will continue to be produced.
That is due to the fact that North Marine Road is such a wonderful ground. People will always want to play at and travel to a club like that.