Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Westbury Working With Sharp On Developing Other Parts Of Game

Westbury Working With Sharp On Developing Other Parts Of Game

Worcestershire opening batsman Ollie Westbury is working with coach Kevin Sharp on harnessing his "old school" desire to bat for long periods alongside developing his shot selection.

The England Under-19 player, who scored 196 on his 'Test' debut versus Sri Lanka Under-19s last summer, has become renowned for selling his wicket dearly and amassing substantial contributions at the crease during the past 12 months.

But this winter Westbury, who signed his first professional contract with Worcestershire during the autumn, is also striving to enhance his stroke play and has been able to benefit from the knowledge, experience and know-how of Batting and Second Eleven Coach Sharp.

Sharp said: "Ollie is very keen and enthusiastic. He has got himself a contract, thoroughly deserved on the back of his performances.

"He actually started hitting balls early December. He is very keen to work on one or two technical things and now he takes it into more pressurised batting in the New Year.

"He has exciting potential. He is more of a traditional, longer form player. He has got some very useful assets.

"His concentration generally is very good. He is focused and he is patient which proably in the modern form is less in abundance, those attributes.

"The one-day game plays a massive part in cricket today so Ollie is old school if you like, that traditional opening batsman who is prepared to be low risk and get in and be hard to get out and there is definitely a place for that.

"The other parts of his game, the development of his shot selection which will come into play in all forms, and more so perhaps in one-day cricket, he is working on.

"He has got two or three shots he is very good at in the longer form of the game and now we have to help him develop all around the wicket which you need to be able to do in today's day and age.

"They have to learn now how to be creative and be able to improvise when necessary."