Skipper: We must step it up in four-day game

Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams
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Jimmy Adams has warned the rest of his Hampshire team: Promotion won’t come easy.

The Hampshire skipper leads his side into a new season tomorrow with a County Championship division two curtain-raiser with Leicestershire.

But after missing out on promotion last term, Hampshire grabbed the two limited overs trophies.

Adams, however, has set his sights on success in the longer format of the game and expects a big improvement this season.

He said: ‘Last season was pretty special to me and all of us.

‘Winning a trophy at Lord’s as captain was up there with your biggest ambitions as a player.

‘You get that huge buzz from a victory like that and I would like to get something similar from leading a side to four-day success.

‘I would be reluctant to use our one-day success as an excuse for not doing as well in the four-day game.

‘We never quite played to our full capacity and we flattered to deceive at times.

‘We should have done more and we have to better than that this year.

‘It’s about understanding four-day cricket and knowing that it is hard graft at times.

‘It requires a lot of patience and discipline.

‘We’ve had a lot of success in shorter forms and sometimes you expect a similar thing to happen in four-day cricket. It doesn’t work like that.

‘Sometimes you have to stick in there through thick and thin.

‘If I get to the end of the season and we have been promoted, it will be hugely satisfying.

‘But we need to do it as a group and perform as we know we can.’