Kent’s Global XI – find out where the players are

Monday 8th March 2010

With the players returning for pre-season training later this month, many are building up their fitness overseas.

We all know that off-spin bowler James Tredwell is in Bangladesh with the England Test side but where are the other members of the first-team squad?

Read on and find out…

Simon Cook (pictured)is in Hong Kong playing club cricket.

Alex Blake is off to South Africa shortly for a university cricket tour.

Amjad Khan is in Melbourne, practising with former Kent coach Ian Brayshaw.

Azhar Mahmood is playing domestic Twenty20 Cup cricket in Pakistan.

Darren Stevens is playing club cricket in Cape Town. He has also been to Zimbabwe over the winter and played in their local 20 over competition.

Geraint Jones is on tour with the Lord“s Taverners, in Dubai.

James Hockley is teaching here in the UK at Marlborough House School in Cranbrook.

Joe Denly has returned to the UK after playing for the England ODI side in Bangladesh.

Martin van Jaarsveld is playing and coaching in South Africa.

Matt Coles has gone to India, along with Academy youngsters Chris Piesley and Adam Riley. High performance director Simon Willis is with them at the cricket Academy in Pune.

Rob Joseph and Phil Edwards are out in Antigua, practising and playing. Kent bowling coach Geoff Arnold and physio Nimmo Reid are with them in the West Indies.

Skipper Rob Key, spin bowler Rob Ferley and young all-rounders Adam Ball and James Goodman have spent their respective winters here in the UK.

Sam Northeast and Paul Dixey are in Durban, practising with Graham Ford and the Dolphins.

Warren Lee is in Perth at the Paul Terry cricket Academy. The young pace bowler is working with former Australia international, Bruce Reid, on his bowling.

Commenting on the diverse range of foreign locations, Kent“s team director, Paul Farbrace, said: “The players are all enjoying plenty of variety in their winter schedules and it is clearly helping. Having different things to do clearly freshens up practice sessions so everyone benefits.

“We have a lot of contacts around the world and the players are clearly benefiting from the plans we have put in place for them. We are watching and helping with the training and it will only help ahead of what is another big season for us."

Picture:Sarah Ansell