Thursday, April 8, 2010
To start with, Nottinghamshire did well to finish second last year, but can they go one step further and overthrow the formidable Durham side is the big question. The team is captained by the former England wicketkeeper Read.
Leaving Durham, all other teams struggled to win too many matches in 2009 and that was the difference between Durham and other sides. It generally shows other teams may have to improve with regards to their bowling attack as it is always important to have an attack that can take 20 wickets.
Now let us look at the batsmen of the Notts team
Among their batsmen, the Australian player Voges had a very good season last year, but their overseas players this season are going to be Amla and David Hussey. Amla would be with the Notts team for the first seven weeks of the season. He was in fantastic form in India as he played late and of course he is very wristy. His greatest strength seems to be that he can get big scores. David Hussey has been a prolific run-getter for the Notts team for a considerable period of time. The highest run-getter for the Notts team last season was their captain Read. Few cricket fans may find it surprising as Read isn't known for his batting, but in recent times he has been a consistent run-getter in CC. He has great hands, but plays very much from the crease and that leaves him vulnerable to the full swinging delivery. His form in CC in 2009 was great and the Notts management would hope that he can continue to score lots of runs in 2010. I don't have to talk much about his keeping as he is well known as a keeper. It is also interesting to see that Read has done reasonably well as a captain. The former Surrey player Ali Brown too had a decent season. His approach has always been simple as he would back his eye and try to hit through the line. The veteran player seems to have found a new lease of life at Nottinghamshire.
Among others, Mark Wagh did reasonably well in 2009. The former Somerset opener Matthew Wood too is in the side, but in recent times he has found it hard to do well. Shafayat and Edwards have been inconsistent to say the least. The Notts management would be hoping that the promising Alex Hales can do well as a opener this season.
Among the all-rounders one can think of Patel, though his left arm spin bowling is more useful for the shorter formats of the game. He had a disappointing season in 2009 and there have been question marks over his fitness, but unfortunately he doesn't seem to work on it. The Kiwi all-rounder Andre Adams too is in the squad. The NZ management may no more want him, but he has been a fine performer for the Notts team. As a medium pacer, he can hit the bat hard and surprise the batsmen for a bit of pace. He is also a fine striker of the ball. The right arm seamer Paul Franks is the vice-captain of the side, but has been injury prone and hasn't performed as well as many thought he would. He can also be a useful batsman lower down the order. The Notts team no doubt would miss the services of the very reliable Ealham this year as he has retired from cricket.
Among others, the former Lancashire all-rounder Mullaney has joined the Notts team as he struggled to get into the first team at Lancashire. One more all-rounder that can be talked about would be the promising White. Of course I haven't talked about England's number one bowler Swann as he is likely going to play lots of matches for England. He can of course be an asset to any side with his ability to take crucial wickets by bowling off spin and can be a useful batsman lower down the order as well.
The Notts bowling attack look a lot better with the tall Shreck being able to consistently take wickets for the Notts team. He is a typical seam bowler as he looks to bowl at a good length spot to get some bounce and a bit of sideways movement on offer. Siders has been a consistent performer in CC, but has struggled with injuries in recent times and wasn't at his best in the 2009 season. The one test wonder Darren Pattinson is also in the side. He is a handy bowler in English conditions and would likely do a fine job. The young medium pacer Luke Fletcher was impressive in 2009 and has taken over from Fottit as the young bowler to watch out for in the Notts team. I haven't talked anything about England's opening bowler Broad as just like Swann, he would play most of the time for England.
I think they have a good chance of winning the CC for the first time since 2005 as their bowling attack looks reasonably good.