18th May 2017
Foxes focused on red ball return
Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn insists his side will not dwell on their agonising Royal London One-Day Cup exit at Yorkshire as they return to red ball action tomorrow.
Leicestershire were 21 runs away from securing a place in the knockout stages on a dramatic final day but it was not to be, and County now take on a Kent side that have won all of their Specsavers County Championship matches to date.
So rather than thinking about what might have been, de Bruyn said his players will take the positives from a much-improved 50-over competition and focus back the return to the first-class arena.
de Bruyn said: "I'm very proud of the guys, we had a very young side out at times and there were a lot of career-bests posted throughout the tournament. It was far better than 50-over performances of the last few years.
"There were a lot more positives than negatives in the 50-over competition, our downfall was consistency as we couldn't string two really good performances together.
"It's a quick turnaround now from white to red ball and all you can do as a player is switch your focus as soon as possible.
"There has been some time to reflect on what has been achieved and learned in the last three weeks but it's now back to our red ball gameplan and there have been two days of important preparation ahead of facing Kent, who are a good side."
White ball captain Clint McKay, who nearly saw the Foxes home with a spirited innings, echoed de Bruyn's sentiments.
He said: "The boys were understandably gutted on Tuesday but know that we've played some good cricket and we're confident of putting in a good performance against Kent on Friday.
"The players are used to switching between white and red ball. It doesn't matter what format you're playing; if you have momentum from your performances, which we have, then you can take that into the next game."
Leicestershire have named a 13-man squad for the visit of a Kent side that will be looking to pick up where they left off in April.
Club Captain Mark Cosgrove is available again after serving his one-match suspension against Glamorgan while Colin Ackermann has returned to fitness and Callum Parkinson, who impressed on his debut for the club at Headingley on Tuesday, comes in for the injured Rob Sayer.
Richard Jones and Charlie Shreck are also unavilable due to injury while all-rounders Ben Raine and Neil Dexter will step up their comebacks from injury in the Second XI.
"When it comes to selection, I encourage brutal accountability and reward those guys who put their hands up and are doing well," said de Bruyn.
"I still want to get the balance right with a blend of youth and experience in the side because moving forward, the future is bright for the club. There was an average age of around 22-23 in the bowling attack at times in the 50-over format and we were very competitive."
Leicestershire will need no introduction to Darren Stevens, who is Kent's leading runscorer (296 at 59.20) and wicket-taker (22 wickets at 11.50).
But it has been far from a one-man show; the visitors have a host of dangerous players, including captain Sam Northeast and opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond, while James Harris has been a handy loan acquisition from Middlesex. The former Glamorgan all-rounder, like Stevens, averages in excess of 50 with the bat while possessing a bowling average under 15.
Leicestershire (from): Cosgrove (capt), Ackermann, Chappell, Dearden, Eckersley, Griffiths, Hill, Horton, Klein, McKay, Parkinson, Pettini, Wells.