Jimmy Adams has shrugged off his input into Liam Dawson’s blistering start to the new season.
The opening pair have certainly played their part with the bat this term, amid the side’s struggles.
Adams and Dawson have registered three century partnerships – with a highest of 181 in the recent defeat by Somerset and just two failures in seven innings.
They have also come close to a fourth century stand with two partnerships in the nineties.
And while Dawson has taken most of the acclaim with 480 runs in the County Championship, Adams is in decent form himself with 327 runs to his name.
The youngster has already identified Adams’ calming influence as a vital ingredient in his start to the campaign ahead of the Championship clash with Yorkshire at Headingley, which starts today.
But Adams believes his constant chatter out in the middle is a way of easing the tension.
Adams smiled: ‘I probably do that so as not to worry about my own game!
‘I’ve just been taking it ball by ball and trying to do my bit from the other end as much as I can. I do the same when I’m batting with Carbs (Michael Carberry) – it’s just my way of getting rid of some nervous energy and keeping my head clear.
‘Hopefully they don’t mind too much.’
While Adams has forged a fruitful partnership with Carberry in recent times, he paid tribute to Dawson who has grasped his opportunity this term.
Adams said: ‘Batting with both of them is great but it’s been a pleasure to bat with the little man and I’ve had trouble out-lasting him most of the time.
‘It’s great to see him hitting the ball so well and in a good frame of mind.
‘Daws has been brilliant.
‘He looks very composed at the crease, he is hitting the ball wonderfully late, timing it nicely and it’s the Daws we remember from a couple of years back. Maybe he put himself under a bit of pressure to perform last year but perhaps there is a bit less pressure with Carbs away.
‘But he has been the player of the year so far. He has been outstanding and hopefully it continues.’
Hampshire go to Headingley second from bottom in the table and still pursuing their first Championship win of the season with manager Giles White keen to build momentum after the draw with Sussex last week.
White said: ‘It’s a quarter of the Championship gone but it’s the nature of the competition.
‘We’ve just got to look at performing well. A couple of wins gives you momentum and takes you away from that group towards the bottom.’