Monday, August 25th, 2014

Keeper Cox Thanks Sharp For Helping His Batting To Improve

Keeper Cox Thanks Sharp For Helping His Batting To Improve

Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Cox has praised Kevin Sharp for helping with the improvement in his batting this season.

Cox scored his maiden first class century against Hampshire and has passed 500 runs in the LV = County Championship in 2014 batting at number six or seven.

He believes a session in the nets with Sharp, who is the club's second eleven coach and batting coach, did the trick.

Cox said: "Why has my batting improved? It was the first session I had with Kevin Sharp. I said to him I've got a couple of things here that I want you to have a look at technically.

"He changed it straight away and that was it from there. It's helped me massively.

"It was just one session and I didn't really see him much after that because he was obviously part-time in the winter (before recently joining the staff full-time).

"It was just a matter of staying still at the crease and that is what Sharpy helped me with massively."

Cox admitted: "That first 100 was a massive for me. It was like a huge weight off my shoulders.

"It's been in the back of my head for a while that I owe runs and it was an important knock at the time and the 89 against Kent helped us win.

"It's just confidence knowing I am contributing to the season and where we are now."

In terms of his batting position in the side, Cox said: "As a keeper I've always said to Bumpy (Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes) 'I want to bat six'.

"He said 'keeping getting your not outs, keep doing well and you will get your chance.' When I got my chance first time at number six, I got a 100.

"Hopefully I'll stay there but if Moeen (Ali) comes back for the last two games of the season, I'll be at seven and no problem at all.

"I've got to do the same job and try and contribute to the side as much as I can and get some important runs down the order when needed."