Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Fell: India Trip Will Help Improve My Game When Facing Spin

Fell: India Trip Will Help Improve My Game When Facing Spin

Batsman Tom Fell believes he will reap the benefits of Worcestershire's trip to Chennai after admitting he needs to improve when it comes to playing spin.

Skipper Daryl Mitchell, Fell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Alexei Kervezee, Brett D'Oliveira and Shaaiq Choudhry plus Academy trio Nick Hammond, Josh Dell and Freddie Wynn are heading to India today to hone their batting skills against the turning ball.

Worcestershire batting coach and second eleven coach Kevin Sharp and academy coach Elliot Wilson will accompany the players on the 10 day trip.

Fell said: "I think everyone is really looking forward to it. Experiencing India is a completely different culture to what we are used to and experiencing those conditions will be really good for developing our games.

"I think it is something that a lot of young players, who have come through, have done and it's something you've got to do, getting used to playing in those conditions which are completely unknown to us.

"Most of it is going to be facing spin bowling because the conditions out there suit spin bowling. I think it will be real test for us to do that.

"For me, I need to improve playing spin. Definitely. That's where I've struggled – especially scoring against spin.

"Developing more options of scoring off spin and rotating the strike, that's something I need to work upon and hopefully this trip will really help.

"We will really be testing ourselves out there so when we play spin in England, it is going to help."

Kohler-Cadmore said: "I think as much as the cricket, you will learn that you won't take things for granted because you see the way some people live and how much cricket will mean to them.

"You go to kids over here 'could you bowl to me for an hour and a half' and they say 'no.' You go over there, and you wouldn't even need to ask, they bowl all day long.

"If they are bowling in good areas, it's going to be difficult and it's about finding a way to bat in their conditions.

"You can never get too good at something so going to India to face different conditions will be good.

"When we played at Derby last year, it was really turning sharply and if we had that experience of playing in India, hopefully it will have helped and we might have played it better. Everyone struggled in that game."