Cricket update

Leicestershire CCC players are well back into their stride after the festive break.

After being addressed by new Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE on Wednesday morning, the players had a number of tests and reviews on their first day back.

Aadil Ali also went to Rushey Mead Primary School with Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket coaches Tom Leonard and Dave Allen as part of a StreetChance taster session.

Senior Coach Ben Smith talks through the first day in an audio interview here:

The players were then really put through their paces today, starting with the yo-yo test in the Mike Turner Indoor Centre.

The challenge, which is similar to the bleep test, is as much a test of mental resolve as physical fitness. Head Physiotherapist Rob Leather explains about the test in an audio interviewhere:

The players then had a series of strength tests in the gym, including some that challenges tested muscle endurance.

To view a video of the tests that took place in the Mike Turner Indoor Centre, please clickhere:

The programme is currently on a three-week cycle, where the players are in for two weeks before having a week away from Grace Road. Angus Robson, Clint McKay (both Australia) and Ben Raine (New Zealand) are currently playing overseas.

Niall O’Brien and Rob Taylor are involved in World Cup preparation with Ireland and Scotland respectively in the UAE, with the nations participating in the Dubai Triangular Series alongside Afghanistan.

Taylor played for Scotland today as they lost by eight wickets against Afghanistan in the tournament opener. In a match reduced to 45 overs, Taylor batted towards the end of Scotland's innings of 237-8, scoring 2 not out.

Afghanistan chased down their target with seven overs to spare, Taylor returning figures of 0-27 from four overs after opening the bowling.

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