Tommo Talks: We were rubbish – but Smudger shows way to respond

Will Smith, left, shares a joke with Danny Briggs but Hampshire were not laughing during their clash with Worcestershire last week
Will Smith, left, shares a joke with Danny Briggs but Hampshire were not laughing during their clash with Worcestershire last week
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Vince relishing ‘second chance’

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We are really struggling in the Championship and although we salvaged a draw with Worcestershire this week, we were rubbish.

Everyone knows we must improve but that is a lot easier said than done.

We’ve had discussions on all aspects of our game, questioned our training and mental preparations leading into games.

It is now up to every individual to have a clear plan of how they are going to go about their game for the rest of the season.

Looking at myself, one thing that was drilled into me early on in my career was that when things are not going your way, 
all you have left is your own pride.

My role in this team is to bowl tightly, run in hard, hit somewhere round the top of off stump and never give up.

When you are under pressure and not succeeding it’s easy to move away from that and try to find a wonder skill to pull something out the bag.

I did that against Worcester and from now on I must stick to my pride and be disciplined.

One of the few positives was Will Smith’s fantastic innings.

We all could learn from the way he has gone about his business this season.

During the Yorkshire game earlier in the season Smudger got a first-ball duck.

He looked pretty down during that game and it followed a quiet start to the season for him.

It would have been quite easy for him to have gone away from what he does best.

A bit like my errors in the last game.

Instead, he has stuck to his plan, practised harder the next day, dug in and has now scored three half-centuries in a row.

He would admit himself that he is not the most gifted or talented of batters but he has become the best version of himself.

He has a ridiculously strong mind. I for one can learn a lot from that. I hope the rest of the team do too.