Bucks and High Wycombe seamer Jonathan Burden believes his experiences over the winter in Australia will benefit him for the forthcoming season.
In the Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 opener at Banbury last Saturday, Burden picked up three for 14 from ten overs in an impressive spell.
Reflecting on his winter, Burden told Sports Shots:
The team started dreadfully, before Christmas we were seventh in a league of eight.
After the break we only lost one regular season game and got into fourth place, which meant we were in the play-offs. Unfortunately, the opposition proved too strong on the day and we lost.
My own performances followed the teams. I didn’t take many wickets early on, but did very well in the middle part of the season which was white ball/coloured kit cricket. I think I ended up with 20 wickets in 14 games at an average of just over 20.
The trip down under has been a great learning curve.
My cricket has benefited hugely from the experience. The pitches in Australia were far less responsive than English ones which meant I had to alter the lengths I bowl somewhat. I also spent a lot of time working with the other opening bowler at the club, who had played some first class cricket in India, on getting the ball to swing. I’ve always struggled to do that and so it’s been hugely beneficial for my cricket. Given that the conditions for swinging the ball are far less favourable in Australia than in England, I’m hoping to see some real benefits for the upcoming season.