Jimmy Adams assessed the potential impact of Hampshire’s globetrotters on the club’s 2013 hopes and warned: We have to be careful of burnout.
Hampshire players are dotted around the world throughout the winter playing both international and domestic cricket or playing in one of the many t20 franchises.
The popular skipper is among a contingent who have stayed at home. But 10 players – around half of the Hampshire first-team squad – have been playing competitive cricket abroad during the off-season.
And while Adams knows himself the benefits of gaining experience playing in other countries, he also knows there is a balance to be struck to ensure his players are fresh for the new campaign.
He explained: ‘It’s something to be wary of, for sure.
‘Personally, I did a couple of winters away when I was 19-20 and halfway through the season I found I didn’t quite have the reserves that I would have had otherwise.
‘There is a limit to how much you’ve got in the tank.
‘Part of that is usually down to form, though. You always feel as fresh as a daisy when things are going well.
‘But you also have to balance that out with your cricketing education and the experience you are getting by playing with different people and in different conditions.
‘If you’ve had a tough winter away, you can find you are running on empty a bit quicker than you would hope.
‘But if you’ve had a good winter away, it does wonders and that’s the balancing act.’
Key players Dimi Mascarenhas, Sean Ervine, James Vince and Danny Briggs are among those who have been away, with the latter just returning home after picking up an ankle injury on England duty.
Youngsters Adam Rouse, Sean Terry and Mike Roberts are also among those earning some vital experience. on foreign soil.
Adams said: ‘I think every young player needs to experience playing in different conditions and going outside of their comfort zone.
‘It’s good for their cricket and good for life in general.
‘Some of the young lads will definitely benefit. I remember I wasn’t very streetwise when I first went out to play abroad in the winter.
‘Doing that and going to university gave me a nice grounding, which I felt helped my cricket.
‘It accelerates your learning but the most important part is that when the guys come back, they are raring to go for the new season.’
The powerful left-hander usually heads to Perth, Australia, for specific technical work on his batting over the winter but has been unable to make the trip this year and instead is among a group of Hampshire players heading to the sub-continent later this month.
‘I usually try to get to Perth but I had a few things going on this winter and moved house,’ said Adams.
‘Hopefully, my superstitions about not going won’t kick in!’
Meanwhile, Hampshire are searching for a new physio after Craig de Weymarn joined the England set-up.
Adams said: ‘It’s brilliant for Craig and it’s testament to what he’s done for us in a short time. He’s been awesome.
‘But it’s a real shame for us to lose him to the England set-up. He will be a big loss.’