Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Part One Of Elliot Wilson Tour Diary

Part One Of Elliot Wilson Tour Diary

Worcestershire Academy coach Elliot Wilson is compiling a tour diary during the County's pre-season trip to Abu Dhabi.

Elliot has sent his first report back to New Road on the opening phase of the 11-day trip.

He writes: "The departure to the overseas leg of pre-season preparations was over-shadowed by the news around Tom Fell's health and well-being.

"A number of the lads went to see Tom on Thursday afternoon-evening to see how he was and show their support.

"We are a small group here at Worcester and his dry sense of humour and calm personality will be missed here in Abu Dhabi.

"Can I take this opportunity to wish him well from all here at New Road in the coming weeks. Good luck Lord!

"I was excited to be asked by Steve (Rhodes) to attend this year's Abu Dhabi trip, especially seeing that two recent Academy graduates would be making the trip, Josh Tongue and Ben Twohig.

"These trips are great for counties, especially for players who spent the winter at home. To see the group together was exciting and the energy around the group has been first class over the first few days.

"We flew out of Heathrow at 20.05 on Friday and landed in Abu Dhabi around 7am on Saturday.

"Not many of the lads slept and it was always going to be a long day with team meetings and then afternoon practice to blow the cobwebs off.

"I have to say I was a tired Pear by the end of Saturday and considering the lack of sleep, the lads were outstanding. It was great to see the lads who have not been around this winter.

"I made a big impression as a tourist, leaving my phone and wallet at the ground after day one which caused a bit of a flap.

"Emily, who is the operations manager for Sport Arabia, was kind enough to run me back down to the stadium. We all know that feeling when we have lost keys, phone or a wallet. Thanks Em!

"I am excited to watch Ben and Josh's trip to see how they go as the newest members of the staff. They have had excellent winters to date, slowly building their self confidence and belief that they deserve to be part of the professional staff.

"I believe the self belief is crucial and I have no doubt both young men will have questioned themselves in their place within this group. I will use Joe Clarke as an example of what belief can do when you want to pull things off.

"For someone so young, it is fantastic for him to have such a belief in his ability and I have no doubt that is linked to his success.

"The facilities we have supplied by Sport Arabia are tremedous, both at the stadium and back at Yas Island, Crowne Plaza. I can understand why we have come back for a third year and long may the club's relationship with the Gulf continue.

"We've had three great days of preparation and Tuesday sees our first competitive action in a T20 match against Essex."