Cork believes ice experience will help Hampshire’s quest

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Dominic Cork believes his Dancing on Ice experience will make him a better skipper as Hampshire prepare to start their 2011 glory bid.

The former England star recently swapped his spikes for ice skates in front of a TV audience of more than 11 million viewers.

Dominic Cork at the Rose Bowl yesterday

Dominic Cork at the Rose Bowl yesterday

While Cork has performed in pressure situations during his illustrious career, he believes the intensity of perfecting his skating routines has given him a new perspective as he starts the challenge for the LV County Championship at home to Durham tomorrow.

Cork said: ‘It has taught me many things, not just how to ice skate but also the pressure of performing in front of millions of people on a Sunday night.

‘Hopefully that will bode well, not just personally on the field, but also for me as captain.

‘If people ever feel nervous, I’ll be able to grab them and tell them they are only out on the pitch and they should just enjoy themselves.

‘But it was a great experience and I really thank Hampshire for allowing me to take up the opportunity.

‘I’m sure there were times they were crossing their fingers and hoping I wouldn’t fall over and break my leg!’

Cork has played a major part in winning two trophies in two years at the Rose Bowl after lifting the t20 last season and the Friends Provident Trophy at Lord’s in 2009.

And now he wants more silverware.

Cork said: ‘People ask whether there is a certain competition we are focusing on but we just want to try to win all three. What we do know is we have a squad to compete in all forms of the game.

‘I get excited about every season I play – the adrenalin really starts pumping now.

‘We know that throughout our squad we have matchwinners.

‘And we are all looking forward to the season ahead.’