Friday night’s defeat at home to Northants in the t20 Blast was very disappointing for all the lads involved.
While Northants aren’t one of the bigger names in county cricket, they’re a very strong t20 outfit and they played very well on the night.
We weren’t at our best on the night, but we will certainly be aiming to bounce back when we play Warwickshire at Edgbaston tomorrow night.
I was 12th man for the game last week at Headingley.
Nobody likes to be on the sidelines and I’ll be working hard to try and earn my place in the side for the t20 Blast.
At the time of going to print, we are preparing for three practice games in three days.
We’re taking on a Yorkshire League XI, a Harrogate CC side and York CC in t20 warm-up games as we prepare for a busy schedule in the competition.
There is no better preparation for us as players than time in the middle or bowling in a match situation.
We’ve named strong sides for all three games, and I have no doubts that every single player will be looking to impress Jason Gillespie, Martyn Moxon and Andrew Gale and putting their names in the mix for a place in the side for the Bears game.
It will no doubt be a cracking night at Edgbaston.
There aren’t many grounds better than Edgbaston. There is always a noticeable step up in the quality of facilities when you visit the Test playing grounds.
Everything from the new stands, new pavilion, the changing rooms to the wicket, it’s one of the best places to play cricket in the country.
We follow that up with the Championship game against our big rivals Lancashire at Headingley, starting on Sunday.
I can’t wait to take on Lancashire in front of our supporters in Leeds.
It’s the fixture all the boys look out for at the start of the season and I’m sure there will be a big crowd in too with it being a bank holiday.
They’re a good side and we will need to be at our best to get the win.
We will be without the England boys with them starting their series against the Sri Lankans this week.
There were no major surprises in the squad selected by new coach Peter Moores.
I know they’ve wanted to get a left-arm quick into the squad for a while now and Notts’ Harry Gurney fits the bill perfectly.
He has mastered the art of bowling at the death, which could prove invaluable to him and England going forward.
He can also bowl with the new ball, which gives skippers Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad a lot of options.
Moores started his second spell as coach with a win against Scotland recently and they’ll be looking to build on it.
His assistant coach Paul Farbrace will obviously know all about the visiting Sri Lankan side having just coached them, albeit for a short spell.
He will no doubt be working with the rest of the coaching team and the skipper to formulate plans with the ball and in the field to try and produce a good result.
There is no reason why England can’t and shouldn’t do well against the Sri Lankans and I’m backing them to do just that.
Best of luck to the Yorkshire boys in the squad too.