Somerset are being urged to return to their abrasive brand of 20-over batting by captain Marcus Trescothick when they host Kent in the NatWest T20 Blast this evening.
Somerset have one win and one defeat from their two South Group matches so far – and skipper Trescothick wants to see a more aggressive approach from his side.
Somerset beat Gloucestershire at Bristol a week ago, posting 156-8 before winning by 18 runs, but then fell to a defeat against Surrey at Taunton, as they were unable to chase 174, falling 14 runs short.
They meet Kent at Taunton this evening – and Trescothick, fresh from his brilliant 133 in yesterday’s LV= County Championship victory over Durham, said: “I think it’s really important that we get back into the style of what we’ve done in previous seasons.
“We’ve not got off to great starts with the bat – we’ve not dominated – and Craig (Kieswetter) is really the only one who’s got going. We keep losing wickets, so we’ve got to improve on that.
“We’re one win from two – and it’s a big competition for us; one of the biggest in the calendar. It would be nice to get back on track – so hopefully the weather holds, because the ground got pretty damp today. Fingers crossed we can rest up and then come back well for the T20 game.”
Trescothick’s century against Durham was his second of the season – and has provided a perfect answer to those who wrote him off during a disappointing 2013 campaign.
“Whenever you go through a bad run of form, it’s a natural part of the process that you question everything you do,” said Trescothick. “Because you train, you work, you do everything, and you think ‘why am I not getting the results?’ Clearly, with age, people tend to poke a few more fingers at why that happens.
“You’ve just got to try to keep doing it, because it never goes away; it just hides in funny places sometimes. You’ve just got to keep digging in to make it work – because eventually it will come back and you’ll get the results you want, as I have done this week.”
After this evening’s 20-over match, Somerset have one day of rest before heading to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire in the Championship, and Trescothick added: “We’ve had some very good contests with Warwickshire in recent years. They’ll push us hard.”
Somerset squad to face Kent (from): M Trescothick (capt), C Kieswetter (wkt), P Trego, A Petersen, J Hildreth, N Compton, A Thomas, M Waller, D Nannes, G Dockrell, J Myburgh, C Overton, C Meschede.