Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Fell Aware Of What Required To Boost Hopes Of “getting To The Next Level”

Fell Aware Of What Required To Boost Hopes Of “getting To The Next Level”

Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell wants to score 1,000 plus County Championship runs per season on a regular basis to boost his chances of "getting to the next level".

But Fell knows he has to get back into the habit of building on promising starts to innings – a trait which he felt deserted him to a large extent in 2016.

The exciting potential that Fell possesses was there for all to see two years ago when he topped four figures in Division One of the County Championship.

A century in the opening game against visiting Yorkshire earned lavish praise from the then Tykes coach Jason Gillespie and two more followed against Middlesex at Uxbridge and New Road.

Fell's well documented and ultimately successful battles against a double bout of cancer meant he missed the opening half of last season.

He quickly slotted back into the groove on his return and a first century since his return against Lancashire in the Royal London One-Day Cup earned a standing ovation from the entire ground on an emotional day at New Road.

But Fell felt he got out too often when looking set for a sizeable contribution and he is keen to put that right.

He said: "It was nice I managed to get in quite a bit of cricket. It was a bit up and down in terms of my run-scoring in the four day competition. I had a few scores without really kicking on.

"There were a lot of positives to take from it in that I managed to get myself scores consistently but a little bit disappointing that I wasn't able to kick on for a really big one.

"I had quite a few innings where I felt really good and then it was a case almost of one shot too many.

"You get into that routine of building innings and scoring big runs. I almost got out of that habit.

"I got a lot of starts and felt good but at the end of the day it's not really any use to anyone if you get 30 and out all the time.

"Those are what everyone looks at, the big hundreds, which I wasn't able to do but there were still a lot of positives to take."

Fell admits his performances in 2015 will always act as a confidence boost but wants that to become the norm.

He said: "I think that is something to kind of build upon and try and make that a regular feature of my seasons, getting that 1,000 run mark and averaging 40 plus.

"That is the kind of standards I've got to set myself if I do want to go to the next level.

"Last season was always a little bit of a write off in that sense (international aspirations) but there is still plenty of time in my career.

"Hopefully I will have a good year this year and those kind of things will take care of themselves if you do so.

"I was considered for the England Development Programme and was fairly close although I never actually got onto that tour.

"I was part of the ECB Scholarship going out to Perth so it was nice knowing I was in their minds for potentially going on a tour at some stage.

"Hopefully that will continue and if I can keep doing well and start again this year and do well, hopefully those sort of things can take care of themselves."