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THE MATT MASON COLUMN

By Matt Mason 14/06 Updated: 14/06 15:47

Buy photos » Sohail Tanvir will miss Worcestershire's opening two games in the FP t20. (s)

THE GUYS really enjoy Twenty20 but what has been so good about this season is that we’ve had more time to prepare for it than before when we have often gone straight into it on the back of a Championship game.

We’ve done some great stuff in training and tried to cover all the scenarios that T20 can throw up and having worked so hard the players are now looking forward to putting that into practice out in the middle.

We focused a lot on our one day skills during the winter months and I think some of that hard work is also starting to pay off. There is still a long way to go and we’ve had the odd blip here and there but generally our limited overs cricket looks strong.

I think we have a good mix of experience and youth in our side and you need some old heads out there in the pressure of T20 cricket.

In the bowling department we have Dave Lucas, who is a good one-day campaigner, and with the batting there is Vikram, Mo and Alexei who have played a lot of one day cricket, as well as our overseas stars Phil Hughes and Sohail Tanvir.

It’s just really a case of now bringing everything together and executing our plans well.

Unfortunately one of the frustrations of signing overseas players is that if you want real quality they are generally playing international cricket, which limits their availability.

We have been a little bit unlucky with Sohail in that he has done so well for Pakistan so has been retained and will now miss our opening two FP t20 games. What that does mean though is he’s going to be in terrific form when he does get here and I’m excited about his arrival.

We are expecting a big crowd at Edgbaston on Friday for the opening game and Worcestershire v Warwickshire clashes are always exciting.

I’ve played in a few where we’ve had big crowds and managed to get a good result but they have always been close. Everyone is looking forward to getting off to a winning start though.

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