Hampshire quintet in passage to India

Jimmy Adams in bat last summer. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams in bat last summer. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Jimmy Adams is among five Hampshire players who will step up pre-season preparations in India next month.

The Royals skipper leads a group that also includes Liam Dawson, Hamza Riazuddin, Sean Terry and Chris Wood to the Global Cricket School in Pune between February 8-14 to work on technique and fitness in warmer weather conditions.

Hampshire manager White is delighted to send five of his players away to get a head start in a bid to begin 2013 at full speed – with their division two campaign commencing on April 10 at home to Leicestershire.

White said: ‘The Global Cricket School is a fantastic place for our players to improve their skills in hotter and drier conditions than we have in England right now.

‘We have a long track record of sending players over there to train in the winter and they always come back saying fantastic things about it.

‘The players selected have chosen to go out there in order to improve specific skills and we fully expect them to come back better and sharper for the all-important lead-up to the county season.’

While Adams, Dawson and Wood were regular first-team players last season, Riazuddin and Terry will be looking to break through this summer.

The whole squad will then fly out to their regular pre-season destination of Barbados in March.

And White will be keen to put his squad through its paces in the Caribbean.

He said: ‘Barbados has been a huge part of our preparations for the past few seasons and has contributed massively to the team’s success in the domestic t20 and 40-over competitions.

‘Being able to enjoy conditions similar to that of the English summer as early as March gives us the best possible preparation for the season and will hopefully help us to hit the ground running.’

Hampshire supporters can also join the travelling party themselves with a variety of packages available.

See ageasbowl.com for more details.