worcestershire all-rounder ed barnard will make his first appearance of the winter tomorrow for scarborough in perth.
barnard has returned to scarborough for the second time in three years following a successful summer at New Road.
he is included in the squad to face melville in the western australia cricket association first grade match against visiting melville.
barnard said: “we discussed it quite a bit throughout the season. it’s something i like to do, especially with my batting.
“i think it’s really good to continue playing and see different parts of the world.
“after having a winter here last year, we felt that it was a good idea that i could go and play some cricket although i won’t bowl for a while.
“i’ll play as a batter for a bit just to make sure i do give the body a rest because it’s been a busy and long year.
“it’s a good standard and is a big reason why i want to go and play because i feel it improves my cricket and it’s going to help me keep that consistent improvement.
“it’s good, tough cricket. you get a bit of stick for being the english lad over there so it is character building as well.”
barnard still have a worcestershire fitness programme to adhere to during his spell down under.
he said: ““i will still work closely with ross dewar (strengthening and conditioning coach) during these next few months.
“we will be in touch a lot over the winter to make sure i do everything i need to do to be fit and ready come march.”